sangre y agua

This series aims to explore the exchange that happens when we make sacrifices and offerings.

The images in this series are inspired by “La Tigrada”, a pre hispanic tradition from the state of Guerrero, Mexico, in which people dress up as tiger warriors and engage in combat as an offering to Tlaloc — god of rain. The belief is that the more blood they shed, the more rain will come. This one ritual is about being in relation with yourself, with your community, and to the natural world.

The perceived simple exchange of this ritual has been a way for me to reflect upon the type of sacrifices we make for contemporary aspirations. As an immigrant, I’ve experienced the loss and gain of great things. In my experience, the rewards we collect in life are as big as the offerings we make.

Emilio Canton © 2023