​© 2019 by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas

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Ephemeral Memorials

In this series, I used the same materials as found in Mexican cemeteries’ tombs: cans, plastic plants, marble, metal, and wood, combining religious figurines with popular culture and personal mementos. Tombs in this particular Mexican cemetery are ephemeral. People are only allowed to have their family members buried there for 10-20 years—renting the space until someone else uses it. These sacred places (carefully created by the deceased’s family) are eventually destroyed, making these memorials ephemeral, like our memories. Here, cymbals suspend, halo-like, above the pop-culture distorted heads of figures.