In Mexico, mourning is expressed through colour, sound, costume, music and dance, but also through disturbing masks and the presence of fear; the restlessness is almost familiar and friendly.
Sacred and profane entities become one, just like life and death. Exorcising death with joy and amusement has been consistent throughout pre-Columbian culture.
After all, the saying goes: “to die laughing”. The expression is not a symptom of lightness but proof that men laugh to ward off death.
Giuseppe Cardoni Lives in Umbria, Italy. He co-authored the photographic book ‘STTL La terra ti sia lieve’ with Luca Cardinalini and published several photo books with Luigi Loretoni between 2008 and 2014. Solo publications include Boxing Notes, Jazz Notes, Life and Death – Mexican Rhapsody, Passion for Sport, In and Out of the Ring and Metropolitan Fragments. Cardoni has been the winner or finalist in many national and international competitions.
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