Day of the Dead
Death, a subject seldom spoken of directly, is something recognized rationally yet repressed emotionally. In our affluent, developed world we push death aside; it becomes invisible, separate from our day-to-day reality. Death occurs in places removed from our daily lives – in hospitals, and often in cities far from our own even for our own family members. This series of photographs, taken in Oaxaca, Mexico, during the Day of the Dead observances, challenges our attitudes about death. In these images, either directly or obliquely, we see death incorporated into celebrations, worship, and play. Death becomes not only visible, but natural – a part of our existence that is neither foreign nor taboo.
Mark Cáceres was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to the United States with his family at a young age. His interest in photography began while he was at Emory University studying anthropology. As an individual with cultural roots outside of the United States, he has always been fascinated by the wide range of cultures both in the U.S. and abroad. As a result, his photography seeks to pose questions about culture, identity, and how the viewer is connected to the image. Mark resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and daughter.