What must die for life to be worth living? What does truly living look like? These are the questions artist Marta Rodriguez Maleck seeks to pose in her new installation, “Vivir es Morir,” which is currently on display at the New Orleans Public Library’s Main Library.
Combining sculpture and audio, Rodriguez Maleck invites visitors to climb up, sit down, read, and listen to themes exploring death and rebirth.
“The title, 'Vivir es Morir,' translates to ‘To Live is to Die,’” Rodriguez Maleck explained. “Having just gone through a period of prolonged communal grief, I wanted to create a piece that honored that grief and hopefully provides some visionary and thoughtful answers to the toughest questions we are facing now: What beliefs, systems, relationships, and institutions need to die or be reimagined for us to thrive?”
The piece captures roughly 45 different voices that reflect on these questions for audiences to listen to as they explore the multi-level structure.
A sister piece, “Morir es Vivir” or “To Die is to Live,” is also currently on display at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Together, Rodriguez Maleck said, the two installations represent “a cycle of regeneration.”
“It was necessary that this work was easily accessible and shared publicly at both the Library and the museum in order to promote a collective, hopeful voice that reimagines our future,” she said.
Read more about the interactive piece and how you can view it or it's sister piece, "Morir es Vivir," at the New Orleans Museum of Art for free here.