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junio 9, 2021

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Mi Casa es Tu Casa 2021


Mi Casa es Tu Casa; History, Loss, and Healing

Exhibit Dates:
October 27 – December 12, 2021

Opening Reception:
Sunday, November 7, 2021

1:00PM – 3:00pm

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: September 7, 2021

This year’s theme: Mi Casa es Tu Casa; History, Loss, and Healing

Mi Casa es Tu Casa is PVA’s annual exhibit inspired by Día de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead, a traditional holiday in Mexico that commemorates community members and family who have passed away. Altars/Ofrendas are built in homes, churches, schools, cemeteries, and museums that honor and remember the dead. PVA invites you into “our home” to participate in Mi Casa es Tu Casa by building an altar, installation or other art medium to and celebrate these remembrances. You are encouraged to interpret the Día de Los Muertos altar-making tradition in any manner that honors your own experiences and beliefs.
This year the exhibit will focus on three themes. The 500- year commemoration of the Mexican Pandemic (1521-1600), family and community members who have passed during this past pandemic year and La Cultura Cura/Healing.

History: The commemoration of the 500-year anniversary of the pandemic in Mexico caused by smallpox and other newly introduced diseases resulted in the deaths of millions of Indigenous people. Beginning in 1521, ninety percent of the Indigenous population succumbed to diseases.

Loss: Using altares/altars, art, installations, we will invite families to use the space to honor those they have lost during the time of the 2020 pandemic. Large gatherings such as funerals have been avoided to prohibit the spread of the disease. We are encouraging you to use entries that honor your own experiences and beliefs.

Healing: Concha Saucedo writes that La Cultura Cura/Culture Heals. We are all born into cultures that have traditions, beliefs, practices, and other elements that offer healing such as Compadrazco, Temazcal/medicinal, steam baths, hierbas/healing herbs, dignidad/dignity, respeto/ respect, confianza/trust, carino/love for life, esperanza/spirituality, and myths. We would invite you to think of what has provided healing. We ask that you incorporate some representation of History, Loss, & Healing in your altar/artwork.

Who Can Participate in Altar Building? Any formal or informal group of two or more people may enter. Past participants have included: families, school groups, art collectives, non-profits, clubs, colleagues, and informal groups of all kinds.

Size of Altars: The altars are approximately 3-6 feet wide and 1-2 feet deep. Please specify if you will be using the wall space behind your altar (some altar spaces may be in front of windows). The size and location of your space within the gallery will be sent to you with your confirmation. If you prefer a specific space in the gallery, please indicate it on your entry form. If you have any special space or installation requirements (such as electricity) please note it on the entry form, pages 4-5.

Cost: Though not required, we encourage a donation of $30.00 participation fee per group/ altar (or individual displaying 2-D work) to help offset the exhibit costs. Groups are responsible for providing their own building materials and table(s). Two-dimensional work must be wired, framed and ready to hang, no exceptions.

Two-Dimensional Work: If you would prefer to enter original 2-dimensional artwork, not previously exhibited at PVA, with the subject matter of Dia de Los Muertos and/or our theme of History, Loss, and Healing we have a limited amount of space available. Please submit jpegs of your work with your entry form, and we will let you know if we can accommodate your work.

Please donwload Entry Form here:
ENGLISH Call for Entry Mi Casa 2021
SPANISH Call for Entry Mi Casa 2021