In 2017, artist Harold Mendez traveled to Havana, Cuba at the invitation of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections initiative. Brought to a Santero’s celebration in Regla—a municipality in the city of Havana and a former aborigine settlement—Mendez witnessed the far-reaching influences of Santeria when he witnessed the locals locking doors as guests entered. He was told this would protect any spirits that transformed into another form from escaping. “The night of counting the years” was Mendez’s offering to such an occasion, as witness to permutations of transformation.
In these images Mendez incorporates a screen as the final printed layer, which visually changes the viewer’s engagement with the work either up close or at a distance. Read more and see the final print at tamarind.unm.edu/artist/harold-mendez/