In 2001 the exterior walls of Guadalajara's Mezquitán Cemetery where enhanced with a large mural. In an agreement between the University of Guadalajara (U d G) and the City of Guadalajara some 100 visual arts students were invited to paint 2500 square meters of space to create a huge mural.
This book recreates that mural which unfortunately has fallen on bad times. The painting is inspired, in part, by a folk tale about a race to the cemetery by two families for the privilege of having a family member buried there and claiming the prize of the first burial plot free of charge. The race was between a rich and a poor family. The poor family having only the sweat of their brow lost as the rich family had access to a carriage.
But this is only the starting point as the mural was truly a community project involving financial support from the government, numerous student painters and many suggestions from the community concerning thematic input, from furtive loves to a car accident.
I hope the recreation of these images encourages the continued practice of the mural art form and encourages the viewer and reader to search out original murals for viewing.
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Being a long-time resident and lover of the city of Guadalajara I fully appreciate this lovely book of the murals of the Mexican cemetery. The time and care it took to produce the work is also evident. It has been a major tragedy that the mural has been defaced by graffiti and then nature has taken it's course and faded the mural through exposure to the sun. To my knowledge these are the only photographs of the mural extent in it's original form. The simplicity of the book gives full reign to the mural itself; it simply let's the work speak for itself. A series of 19 plates on black background . An introductory page attempts to show the entire mural in a story board form. This is not only a art book but also a historical record and one that helps preserve the long tradition of the Mexican mural .