In the next five decades, humanity confronts a catastrophic loss of life like none ever witnessed before. In honor of Día de los Muertos and the artistic vision of world-renowned artist Patricio Robles Gil, WILD brings to social media Robles Gil’s Extinction Rituals. This is the most recent initiative in WILDs commitment to explore cultural avenues to help us understand the conservation dilemma.
Here is Patricio’s artist statement: “This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage in both communal grief and collective positive action. Dia de los Muertos is about respecting and honoring life that has passed. Our role now is to acknowledge what might be lost and to share with others new rituals that help defy extinction and transform loss into new forms of commitment to protecting life.”
Each day WILD will post a new way for you to engage and give an “offering” to one of the five Día de los Muertos Extinction altars. At the conclusion of the festival Patricio Robles Gil will select three winners (based both on the quality and quantity of posts throughout the week) to receive one of his his wonderful photographic books, personally inscribed.
Patricio continues his statement: “Lowliness, sorrow, sadness, grief, will embrace humankind for the loss of the earth’s biodiversity. We are at the threshold of the six-mass extinction, and this one, we humans are solely responsible for.”
The artist asks us…
“How are we going to cope with that tragedy?”
Please use this opportunity to ask your friends and family to engage with these digital altars to help stimulate dialogue about and awareness of the root causes of extinction and what actions we can all take to help stop it.
Patricio Robles Gil
“Lowliness, sorrow, sadness, grief, will embrace human kind for the loss of the earth’s biodiversity. We are at the threshold of the sixth mass extinction, and this one, we humans are solely responsible for.
How are we going to cope with that tragedy?
The work, The Extinction Rituals, was conceived from frustration, to deal with this environmental holocaust. Rituals are created to cope with issues that we are not prepared to confront, they help us go through uncertainties in our lives.”