Cemeteries and Contemporary Life. A review of Brian Lynch’s The Murals of The Mezquitán Cemetery Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Cemeteries tell us about what we believe and value in people and in society. As an anthropologist, the symbols, images and words on graves and in cemeteries pull at me with their descriptions of the relations between the living and the dead. When I first picked up Brian Lynch’s The Murals of The Mezquitán Cemetery Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico [http://www.amazon.com/Mezquit%C3%A1n-Cemetery-Guadalajara-Jalisco-English/dp/0982425783/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_3; https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Murals-of-The-Mezquit%C3%A1n-Cemetery-Guadalajara-Jalisco-Mexico/251928138202466%5D, I thought it was a book about a typical rural Mexican panteón, but to my surprise it was something else altogether. Taking off from the tradition of Mexican mural art, but applying it in a contemporary setting, these murals depict life and death and struggles today. What’s more, Lynch’s book beautifully documents this popular art form before it decays. Hopefully, the book will help preserve the mural paintings of Mezquitán. A great present, and great art book (Martha W Rees, Agnes Scott College).