Día De Muertos*
Design Dinner

Platform 21 November 2006
LADF spoiled an Amsterdam audience of 100 people with a new version of 'Dia de Muertos' celebration. In Platform 21 LADF and Otro Diseño organized a cultural exhibition, video-musical event and exquisite dinner. A group of Mexican and Dutch designers combined the symbolism of the Mexican altars with the 17th century Vanitas theme to create the altar for this celebration in Amsterdam.

Dia de Muertos
From pre-columbian times,”Día de los Muertos”, (The Day of the Dead) has been celebrated in Mexico, and other Latin countries. This is a very special ritual, since it is the day in which the ‘living’ remember their departed relatives. On November 1st and 2nd Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead. People celebrate this ritual by setting up an altar for them full of color, symbolism and their favorite food and drinks. The essence of this beautiful altar is to give meaning and continuity to human existence.

Poster Design: Ignacio Carmona
Pictures: Jan-Maarten Buissant

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Earth, wind, fire and water, elements that guide the "spirits" during their trip to the celebration.
Cardinal points to make sure our guests from heaven don’t get lost on their way to the celebration of their life.
Heaven and earth.
Design, music, dinner
Guests attached their memories to the altar