19 Oct 2011

Infinitas Gracias: Mexican miracle paintings

Went to see Infinitas Gracias at the Wellcome Foundation. This is an exhibition of Votive paintings from mining communities in Mexico, some going back to the turn of the century. As well as the paintings there are photos, artefacts, films and interviews - with some really moving prayers and hopes & wishes for future life. Also on at the Wellcome alongside is an exhibition by Felicity Powell titled Charmed Life. This is so worth a trip too. She has selected charms - a sheep's heart, amulets, carved shoes, mounted teeth - from Edward Lovett's massive collection and also made Sleight of Hand - a strange animated film of carving and smudging miniatures in wax. Below is a votive from Infinitas Gracias:  I thank our Lord Saint Francis of Assisi for saving us from drowning on 27 October 1962. 

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