Rene Yañez stands in front of his 3D piece, part of Illuminations: Día de los Muertos 2011 exhibit opening Oct. 7 at SOMArts Cultural Center Bay Gallery.

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René Yañez, one of the artists crucial to bringing the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead to San Francisco, joins us to talk about the upcoming exhibition at SOMArts.

This year’s exhibition, “Remembrance and Resistance,” opens Oct. 6 and runs through Nov. 9. More information is available here.

Yañez said he and the dozens of other artists who create for the exhibition work hard to find ways to keep it fresh and different every year — the event is in its 18th year — creating work that pushes political boundaries while also ensuring visitors have an opportunity for personal reflection.

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