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Sébastien Van Malleghem

Family members are mourning one of them. A mother of 42 years old who passed away due to a pulmonary disease. San Lorenzo Tezonco cemetary, Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Mexico on March 17, 2016.

Family members are mourning one of them. A mother of 42 years old who passed away due to a pulmonary disease. San Lorenzo Tezonco cemetary, Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Mexico on March 17, 2016.

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In the bad neighbourhoods of Colonia Doctores, a few blocks away from the General Hospital of Mexico City, funeral florists and coffin merchants mingle with the dealers and used car dealerships. Each week, from the nearby hospitals, hundreds of bodies are conveyed to the workshops of the embalmers, these “aestheticians of death” are charged to erase the stigma of death as much as possible. As a derisory attempt: an impossible syncretism between the profane and the sacred, ancestral rituals and modernity, health concerns and inadequate resources.

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