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 Javier Lara: Zitlala, lugar de estrellas, 2008

Javier Lara (Chilpancingo, Mexico): Zitlala, lugar de estrellas, 2008

  Zitlala (place of stars) is a place located in the central region of the state of Guerrero, Mexico. This is one of the few places of Nahua (Aztec) resistance which still maintains traditions, language and rituals with pre-Hispanic characteristics. The word Zitlala derives from the Nahuatl citlalan, which means "place of stars." The print represents one of these ancient traditions, the celebration of the day of the dead. In the image a group of people pray around a tomb to remember their diseased relatives who are offered candles, copal incense and foods. The crosses above the tombs are adorned with cempoaxochitl, which means "flower with twenty petals." In this print the scene is complimented with a nocturnal background flooded with stars.



  Javier Lara (b. 1973 Guerrero, Mexico), graduated in 1996 from INBA’s National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking "La Esmeralda." From 1984-1996 he contributes to the painting of the mural "Tuxtla and Guerrero's Heroes" directed by Jaime A. Gomez del Payan. He has presented exhibitions in several Mexican states including state of Mexico, Morelos, Guerrero and Tamaulipas. The most recent shows are "Cielo Rojo" and "Vivir o Morir por la Tierra" which are interpretations of the state of Guerrero’s guerrilla and the defense for the land. He also exhibited in Chicago at the Instituto Mexicano de Cultura y Educacion. Most recently he participated in the tri-national (Mexico-USA-Canada) print portfolio entitled: Pipelines & Borderlines dealing with issues of pollution and the struggle for oil. Resides in the state of Guerrero where he works on new projects.



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