The image is a peek at the flower I painted in memory of Banaz Mahmod, a 20-year-old Iraqi Kurdish woman, who lived in South London, England prior to her murder. She was a victim of an honor killing that her father and uncle planned and her three cousins carried out. These perpetrators were later convicted of her murder and in prison. This piece titled She Was Banaz, will be part of a large installation that will “memorialize women around the world who have been violated, disappeared, or murdered”. Dolores Mercado, Assistant Curator, organized the installation, which will be part of the National Museum of Mexican Art's exhibit titled Día de Muertos, Living Presence; it is the museum's 37th annual Day of the Dead exhibition .
The opening will be Friday, September 22nd from 6:00pm–8:00pm. It's a very popular exhibit and as always, a wonderful cultural experience. There will be traditional ofrendas as well as a variety of visual art pertaining to Day of the Dead.
Día de Muertos, Living Presence
September 22-December 10, 2023.
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th Street Chicago, IL 60608