Burial Grounds is located in El Cerro Mission, 30 minutes south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over the years, this rural area lined by mobile homes has evolved into a makeshift landfill. Tires, speedboats, furniture, garbage bags of house waste, and animal carcasses are all discarded on this site. Since the cost of disposing this waste at a regulated landfill can be prohibitive, the desert becomes an open burial ground.
Manipulating this trash into unexpected forms solicits people to stop and look at this oddly ordinary presence in the landscape. In the span of a day, islands of tires are stacked and painted into colorful towers; a mule carcass overflows with shards of colorful glass, plastic, and toys; a speedboat blossoms with salt cedar branches. While neighborhood residents of El Cerro Mission visit this barren space only to dispose of trash, the art they encounter becomes an unavoidable mark of how alien the trash actually is.
Vecinos Artist Collective
Lead artist Jorge De la Torre
Get a preview of Burial Grounds!
Friday–Saturday, October 18–19, 2013
Mana Mart (the Burial Grounds site is nearby–stop inside Mana Mart for a snack and for directions to the project site)
242 El Cerro Mission Blvd, Los Lunas, NM 87031