Home Altars of Mexico
Dana Salvo (Signed)
Thames and Hudson, Oblong quarto, Original wraps with blue color photo-illustrated stiff self-wraps, 158pp., 60 Color Plates.
with essays by Amalia Mesa-Bains, Sal Scalora, Ramon Gutierrez and WilliamBeezley.
For more than ten years, photographer Dana Salvo traveled throughout the central highlands and southern states of Mexico. He visited the Purepehcan Indians in Michoacan, the Chamulan and Zinacantan tribes in Chiapas, the Maya of the Yucatan peninsula, and several other isolated groups in the rural countryside.
At the heart of many homes in Mexico is the 'altarcito', or home altar, which creates a focus of intricate and sincere spirituality with profound personal and familial meaning reflecting the vitality of Mexico's spiritual practices. The photographs in this collection depict the altars in detail. Some are constructed for special holidays - Christmas or the Day of the Dead - while others commemorate family members using photographs, mementoes and the deceased's favorite foods.
In addition to Salvo’s exquisite photographs, the essays by two MacArthur Fellows, Amalia Mesa Bains and Ramon Gutierrez, and essays by noted scholars Salvatore Scalora and William Beezley provide the cultural and historical background to the practice of constructing domestic altars, linking ancient traditions to modern customs.
Mr. Salvo has twice received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; and he has received two Fulbright Scholar Awards. He has also received grants from the Lila Wallace Fund; the Asian Cultural Council; the Massachusetts Cultural Council; the Berkshire Taconic Foundation’s Artist Resource Trust; the LEF Foundation; and several other awards which assist artists throughout their career. A nationally recognized artist his work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States.
Dana Salvo’s photographs are represented in many collections including: the Museum Of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, The Yale University Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Boston Museum Of Fine Arts, the Center Of Creative Photography in Arizona, the Houston Museum Of Fine Arts, the Fogg Art Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art and others.