Sacro Pagan, 1978

The world of the ceremonial has interested Miralda since the late sixties. Besides orchestrating all kinds of ceremonies that have combined physical and mental geographies, he has also documented the meeting places of different cultures through collective rituals such as processions, parades and demonstrations. New York has been one of his fields of activity. His sacred pagan notes document, through sketches and pictures, the contrast in the city of New York between the religious celebrations of Easter Week in the Bronx Puerto Rican neighbourhood and a parade on Broadway commemorating the release of American hostages in the Middle East.
While, on the one hand, the Easter processions in the Bronx reveal the mixture of races in the Hispanic community of this neighbourhood, the parade on Broadway highlights the purely American identity in the face of the kidnapping of American citizens in Iran. Beyond folklorism or easy ethnography, Miralda is interested in the location of the ordinary, in that exchange of symbolic spaces that occurs between mixed races and the various ways of understanding the world that coexist in the same physical and urban geography.

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Sacro Pagan
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MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
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Audiovisual recording
8 mm film transferred to video, colour, silent, 17 min 50 s
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
© Miralda, VEGAP, Barcelona
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