Chain of Command
Every year Carillo Puerto, a small village isolated in the mountains of southern Mexico, becomes the set of an unusual celebration. The village has developed through the years its own unique version of the well-known Mexican tradition consisting in re-enacting Jesus’ procession and crucifixion on Holy Fridays. Whilst everywhere else it is a day of mourning, Carillo Puerto - on the contrary - is taken over by a surreal and poetic theater of the absurd, where unconventional masquerade runs the street in a chaotic madness.
Rooted in an amalgam of religious beliefs, local and popular culture, pagan traditions and personal mythologies, the homemade costumes and characters become a microcosm of specific roles and interaction in contemporary society as well as revealing individual desires to personify someone/something else.
The New Gods is a larger art project that includes photographs and sculptures. The project is a collaboration between Mexican artist Alejandro Garcia Contreras and Canadian artist Josée Pedneault.