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Young People's Ofrenda Project

Ahxuen and Xilam’s Ofrenda

Fabián Ybarra, 2010
Pintura, papel picado, foto, flores, comida, café, cerámicas, hojas y árboles, candelas
Prestado por el artista

Esta ofrenda está dedicada a mi bisabuelo, el papá de mi abuelo. Nunca lo conocí, pero aprendí varias cosas de él durante este proyecto. Es una conexión extraña, porque él se murió el mismo año que yo nací en 1996. El trabajaba y vivia en Castroville, Tejas durante toda su vida, y por eso pusimos rosas amarillas. Disfrutaba del pan dulce y café en las mañanas. Incluimos muchas hojas y árboles, porque trabajaba de cuidador de parques en el estado de Tejas. Las flores amarillas son tradicionales usadas en las ofrendas en México. La imagen cortada de papel chino está en la forma de dos calaveras adentro de un corazón, representando el amor que tenemos por él. La foto incluida es típica de la presencia de mi abuelito, siempre estaba de buen humor con sonrisa en la cara.

Fabian Ybarra, 2010
Paint, tissue paper, photograph, flowers, food, coffee, ceramic bowl, foam leaves & trees, candles.
On loan from the artists

This ofrenda is dedicated to my great-grandfather Fabian Ybarra, who is my grandfather’s father. I never got to meet him but found out a few things during the making of this ofrenda. It’s a strange connection because he died the year I was born, in 1996. He lived in the town of Castroville, Texas his whole life, which is why we included paper yellow roses. He enjoyed coffee and sweet bread in the mornings. We included lots of leaves and trees because he was a state park employee in the state of Texas. The yellow marigolds are a traditional flower used on ofrendas in Mexico. The image cut out of tissue paper (called papel picado) includes 2 skulls in the form of a heart, which represents the love we have for him. The included picture is typical of his presence; he was always happy and had a great sense of humor.

Ahxuen Ybarra (son)
Minneapolis, MN born 1996

Xilam Balam (father)
St. Paul, MN, born 1973

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