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To Die is to Live: New Exhibit at NOMA Celebrates Light and Sound

09:00 July 28, 2021
By: Olivia Longoria

If you haven't seen The New Orleans Museum of Art's newest exhibit, you need to! With the title Morir es Vivir (To Die is to Live), this installation is truly one of a kind. This piece by New Orleans-based artist Marta Rodriguez Malek uses light and sound to portray an archive of feelings regarding the densest subjects of life, grief and loss, mortality and rebirth, and healing and hope.

The sound collection was created from a series of conversations amongst people who were willing to share and discuss these cornerstones of existence. These conversations took place in different museum galleries at a number of sites across the city. The variety of people and of locations created a quilt of voices of the community. Morir es Vivir's intention is to create a space for collective reflection. The intriguing of two senses, sight and sound, creates an experience that engulfs viewers in a sense of togetherness. After all, the human experience is a shared one. This installation fosters a discourse of the cycle of living and dying as it relates to systems, beliefs, institutions, and relationships. The exhibit leaves visitors with a sense of purpose in contemplating how they wish to move in the future.

The installation, which is running now until September 12, was made possible through the partnership with Jane's Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, a housing rights organization committed to creating sustainable, democratic, and economically just neighborhoods, and with L.U.N.A. (Latino Unidos de Nueva Orleans en Acción), a grassroots multi-racial youth coalition that builds the power and participation of young people between the ages of 16 and 24.

To learn more about the sound and light installation, visit the museum's website at

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