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Sur Gallery presents The Recipe: Making Latin American Art in Canada


Giorgia Volpe, Exercice de mémoire # 1, installation, 2013. Photo: Tom Grgicevic.

October 18 – December 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 18, 2018 7-9PM
Remarks and Artist Talk: 8PM
Curator Tours: October 20 & 27 3-4pm and November 8, 5-6pm
Panel Discussion: Friday, November 16, 6-8pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, December 1, 2018 3-5PM

About the Exhibition

This exhibition seeks to determine what it means to define something as Latin American art—or someone as a Latin American artist—in the contemporary context of changing global socio-political circumstances, flourishing diasporic communities, and accelerating flows of population.

The Recipe brings together six artists with a Latin American background, currently living and working in Canada. Seeing their works in the same exhibition space reveals the wide spectrum of global influences and references that shape these artists’ social imaginaries, beyond solely their cultural roots or geographic origins.

Curated by Analays Alvarez Hernandez and Daymi Coll Padilla

Romeo Gongora, Liquid Immersion, collaborative performance, 2010.

About the Panel Discussion

What Makes Art Latin American (in Canada)? Translocalisms and Identities

What makes art Latin American in Canada? Is it the artist’s or the viewer’s origin? Is it the context in which the artwork is presented? Is it a shared experience with other counterparts or rather a matter of self-identification? This panel seeks to launch a debate on what currently stands for Latin American art in Canada in light of the longstanding relationship of this country with Latin America and the shaping on the rise of transnational identities.

About the Artists

ALEXANDRA GELIS is a Colombian-Venezuelan artist living and working in Toronto, whose practice combines new media, installation, and photography. Her projects incorporate field research as a tool to investigate the ecologies of various landscapes affected by socio-political interventions. She has exhibited internationally in North and South America, Europe, and Africa.

FRANCES CORDERO DE BOLAÑOS is an Oakville-based, Salvadorian-Canadian artist, graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College joint Art and Art History Bachelor’s Program. She works in various mediums and is deeply concerned about human rights and women issues.

Born in São Paulo, GIORGIA VOLPE lives and works in Quebec City. She holds a BA from the University of São Paulo and an MA from Université Laval. Her work has been featured in solo and collective exhibitions at such venues and events as: Biennale de Lyon (France), Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Symposium de Baie St-Paul, Manif d’art de Québec, Bangkok Art & Culture Center (Thailand), and Xiang Xishi Center for Contemporary Art (China).

Colombian-born artist based in Chicoutimi, Quebec, PAOLO ALMARIO studied at the Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño of Universidad Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and has a Masters in Arts from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC). Almario uses computers to modulate, automate, encode, process, and materialize digital samples of reality in a variety of forms. His work has been presented in Canada, Colombia, Belgium, Italy, and France.

ROMEO GONGORA is a Canadian-Guatemalan artist and Ph.D. candidate in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London (UK). Since 2008, he has conducted major collaborative art projects that evolve within the social sphere, integrating politics and pedagogy in the practice of performance. Gongora has presented his work at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, HISK (Belgium), Centre of Art Torun (Poland), Centre Makan (Jordan), and Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery.

TONEL is an artist, critic, and curator who lives and works in both Canada and Cuba. He has exhibited extensively including at the Havana, Sao Paulo, Berlin, and Venice Biennials. His upcoming solo exhibition Ajústate al tema will open this December at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana. More recently he contributed to the book Breathless Days, 1959 – 1960 (2017), edited by Serge Guilbaut and John O’Brian (Duke University Press).

About the Curators

ANALAYS ALVAREZ HERNANDEZ is an art historian and independent curator. She received a BA in Art History from the Universidad de La Habana and a Ph.D. in Art History from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Cross-cultural multilingual education and professional experience have contributed to Alvarez Hernandez’s expertise in public art and immigrant heritages. From 2016 to 2018, she held a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History at the University of Toronto. She currently teaches at the University of Ottawa.

DAYMI COLL PADILLA is a Toronto-based, Cuban-born art historian, independent curator, and co-founder of Havana Streetview Project. She completed her graduate and undergraduate studies at the Universidad de La Habana and held a curatorial position at Centro de Desarollo para las Artes Visuales (CDAV). Coll Padilla has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions, given lectures about contemporary Cuban art, and written for various publications. She was part of the Curator and Producer team of the 10th Bienal de La Habana.

About the Panelists

ALENA ROBIN holds a PhD in art history from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She teaches Hispanic visual culture at the University of Western Ontario.

NURIA CARTON DE GRAMMONT is an art historian, curator, and lecturer at Concordia University in contemporary Latin American and Latino Canadian art.

About Sur Gallery

Sur Gallery is Toronto's first gallery space dedicated to the exhibition and critical engagement of contemporary Latin American art. Sur Gallery is a project of LACAP-Latin American Canadian Art Projects.

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Gallery Hours:
Tues & Wed 10AM-2:30PM
Thurs & Fri noon-6PM
Sat 11AM-5PM

Sur Gallery, 100-39 Queens Quay East, Toronto (East of Yonge Street)

LACAP acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and The City of Toronto through section 37. LACAP also acknowledges its corporate sponsors: Underline Studio and See Through Web.






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