From January 2006 I am spending 9 months working on a voluntary art project for the Artcorps in Guatemala. I am working for Fundación Riecken, an NGO who are constructing libraries in Honduras and Guatemala. I will be artist-in-residence at libraries in Chiché and Zacualpa, in the Quiché region of Guatemala. I also plan to do a little travelling along the way...

Monday, November 20, 2006

In the run-up to All Saint`s Day (1st Nov), otherwise known as the Day of the Dead, Guatemala becomes even more colourful than normal as street vendors display gaudy decorations to adorn graves and big kites in every shape imaginable appear everywhere, fluttering in breeze. November is kite season, and the skies of Guatemala become ablaze with flitting shapes of colour. The tradition originates from the desire to enable the spirits of the dead to connect with living relatives and the kites symbolise the spirits flying overhead.


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