Project info

Calaveras is an ongoing portrait project, which celebrates the Dia de Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a traditional Mexican holiday.

Originally, La Calavera Garbancera or later La Calavera Catrina (the Dapper Skeleton) was a caricature of Mexico’s pre-revolutionary high society, whose people were focused on European style and sometimes even denied their cultural heritage. She became a symbol of both the contrast between social classes and the folklore of worshiping the dead. Also, she is a reminder of equality after death.

Today, the Dia de Muertos attracts countless people from around the world who immerse in the festivities. They participate in the processions with artistically painted faces, draped in colorful dresses. The cities turn into extensive candlelit graveyards and ornate Catrinas wander through the streets. At least during the holidays, it seems as if equality has been reached before death. The caricature became the inversion of itself.