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Calaverita Rhymes

This text-based installation of this project takes elements from Mexican Calaveritas poems written during the day of the dead festivities. This is a popular tradition where people write verse poems intended to satirize current political events, public person’s strong character and the death that is personified by a woman. The poems in this case expose contemporary characters and political events, which I took from Toronto's newspaper articles of 2009, using exaggeration and irony to mock them. The font colours, of the five short poems I composed, rendered in orange. I use this colour referring to a widely used marigold flower, the cempasuchitl or flor de muerto used as a decoration during the day of the dead that is thought to attract the souls of the dead. As a participatory action I have invited the audience to write Calaverita poems in festivals and galleries, introducing them to the 100 ways that Mexicans use to name the death.