Ross Fraser McLean – CEIBA – Casa de Todos los Muertos
Dundee photographer explores Mexico's celebratory approach to death, as part of Festival of Ian Smith at Summerhall
Just a few days before Halloween, Summerhall will open their Festival of Ian Smith: A Celebration of Death. The project is a tribute to artist, performer and Glasgow's Mischief La-Bas Director Ian Smith and brings together a series of art, music and performance that challenge or celebrate our difficult relationship with death. Included in the festival is an exhibition by the widely travelled, Dundee based photographer Ross Fraser McLean, who has visited places as far flung as Russia, Mongolia, China and Japan.
CEIBA – Casa de Todos los Muertos celebrates Mexican culture, or more specifically their iconic Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday which focusses on gathering together family and friends to remember the deceased. McLean explores Mexico's celebratory approach to death, which is at odds with many other cultures across the world, including our own. He has spent the last two years visiting cemeteries and people who have been affected in a variety of ways by death across the country, documenting moments of both quiet contemplation and noisy celebration. McLean has also created Altares de Muertos (Altars of the dead), a series of sculptures displayed alongside his photographs which place death rightfully alongside ordinary, daily life.
Summerhall, Fri 28 Oct–Fri 23 Dec