Remember you must die
“Memento mori” is a Latin expression that means “remember you must die”. In Zapotec language is equivalent to "Kët ya´nlazu gatiu”. In ancient Mexico, death was not considered the end of life, but the beginning of a new cycle. Death has always been interpreted through different denotations of great importance and respect. At the center, you can observe the central character of the lithic found in San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya. And, on the sides, you can recognize Pitao Bezelao, god of death, found in Zaachila archaeological zone. The set of symbolic elements come together to reconstruct the idea of the flowering of the spirit through death.
|Gabriela Morac was born in San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, Oaxaca, Mexico. Graduated in Visual Arts from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In her earlier career, she carried out conservation and restoration work within different projects of mural painting, easel, sculpture, altarpiece, metals, and plasterwork. In 2016, she opened Espacio Panoplia studio and gallery in her native community and later in Oaxaca City with the mission of rescuing Zapotec culture, customs and language. She has participated in various collective exhibitions and projects in #Mexico and abroad #Germany #Italy #France #Spain #Chicago #New Mexico.|
Title. "Remember you must die” (Kët ya´nlazu gatiu). Artist. Gabriela Morac. Technique. Engraving on linoleum and wood printed in 2 inks on Spanish cotton paper GVARRO super alfa de 250g. Dimensions. 30 x 22 in (76 x 56 cm). Year. 2020. Limited edition.