Puso (Hanging Hearts) is an interactive and durational exhibit from Palm Sunday to Ash Wednesday exploring devotion and desire as well as incorporating local traditional weaving into the church ritual. Coconut fronds were woven into hearts several days before Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday, parishioners inserted their Lenten prayer intentions inside the woven coconut fronds. These woven fronds were then hung on the wooden lattice in a cruciform shape and left to dry for a year until the eve of Ash Wednesday where they are burnt into ashes in a ritual accompanied by prayers and songs. The ashes were used to impose the foreheads of the congregation to mark their Lenten Observance.
St. Francis Xavier Chapel, Sacred Heart Church, Cebu City, PH
28 March 2010 to March 9, 2011
24 March 2013 to 5 March 2014
Last photograph taken by Ed Christopher Chua