Morir es Vivir

What must die and what should be reborn, reimagined, or resolved to go on living?

Morir es Vivir (To Die is to Live) is a sound and light installation that weaves together voices from across the New Orleans community. The audio collage, presented in the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Great Hall, is the result of a series of conversations in which 1-on-1 conversations were had with people who wanted to express their grief and loss, contemplate mortality and rebirth, and explore the potential for healing and hope.

These conversations took place in NOMA’s galleries and at several sites across New Orleans, in partnership with Jane’s Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, a housing rights organization committed to creating sustainable, democratic, and economically just neighborhoods, and L.U.N.A. (Latinos Unidos de Nueva Orleans en Acción), a grassroots multi-racial youth coalition that builds the power and participation of young people between the ages of 16-24. Seeking to offer a space for shared reflection, Morir es Vivir explores cycles of living and dying as they relate to systems, beliefs, institutions, and relationships, encouraging contemplation on how to thoughtfully move into the future.

Morir es Vivir is collaboratively curated by NOMA’s Curatorial and Learning & Engagement Departments, through a Connector Residency Project part of NOMA’s Creative Assembly Program. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.