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Alfredo Salazar-Caro, "Coatlicue y Mictlantecuhtli", 2023

3m Video Art 2023

Alfredo Salazar-Caro b. 1989, Mexico City; lives in Mexico City, New York, and the internet

Coatlicue y Mictlantecuhtli, 2023 HD color video with sound, 3 min. Courtesy the Artist

Coatlicue y Mictlantecuhtli delves into the Mexica pantheon, showcasing Coatlicue (Nahuatl: She Who’s Skirt is made of Snakes or “Tonantzin Coatlicue”, Nahuatl: Venerable Mother, Dear Mother”) as a symbol of the earth’s life-giving and ferocious aspects. Alfredo Salazar-Caro contrasts this life affirming monstrous being with Mictlantecuhtli (“Lord of the Underworld”), representing the journey of souls in the afterlife and the balance of life and death. These deities are accompanied by symbols like deer and alligator skulls, embedded within pyramids pointing in opposite directions, representing alchemical, elemental symbols and the components of the Merkaba. Finally, Salazar-Caro evokes the symbol of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli (“Lord of the Dawn” or Venus, an extremely important star for the Mexica), reflecting the perfect mathematical representation of the expansion of the universe and of the cyclical, yet ever changing nature of life. Together, these elements embody the Mexica cosmovision of a balanced, interconnected universe, resonating with the axiom “As Above so Below, As Within so Without.”



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