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The Latin American Speakers Series presents:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7-9PM @ Sur Gallery
39 Queens Quay East, Suite 100
*South building beside Redpath Sugar Refinery
Free admission

Gustavo Artigas belongs to a group of internationally renowned contemporary Mexican artists who emerged in the late 1990s and is known for works that expose extreme disaster and uncertain situations in the form of interventions, sound and performance art, site-specific installations, educational platforms as works of art, and interactive situations. Although throughout the years Gustavo Artigas has opted to experiment with unconventional structures, his most recent explorations entail colour, light and abstract painting as an essential format to tackle social interactions in unpredictable times. Gustavo Artigas will discuss his early works and how they relate to his present artistic practice.

Moderated by Ximena Berecochea.


About Gustavo Artigas

Gustavo Artigas Born in Mexico City is currently based in Toronto. Artigas’ artistic practice spans almost 25 years participating in various biennials such as: Biennial of the Americas (2013); Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Russia (2011), Architecture Triennial in Lisbon (2006); Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art (2004); End of the World Biennial, Argentina (2003); Prague Biennale (2002); Venice Biennale (2001); inSITE, San Diego (2000); and Havana Biennial (2000). Artigas’ work is part of the Museo Jumex (Mexico City), Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (Mexico City), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City, The Addison Collection in Denver, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Other relevant exhibitions include: Cromascopes: Transmission Events, TAB Gallery, Guadalajara (2016); RIO, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City (2015); Gustavo Artigas / Vote for demolition, LAXART, Los Angeles (2009); Gustavo Artigas / Painting and Landscape, Galeria Hilario Galguera, Mexico City (2009); Tragicomedy, Caja Sol, Seville (2009); 10th Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (2007); Social Sculpture: A New Generation of Art from Mexico, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2007); and Faites vos jeux! Art and Game since Dada, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein (2005), among others. Gustavo Artigas is a member of the National System of Art Creators, FONCA-CONACULTA.

About the Moderator

Ximena Berecochea (PhD University of Toronto). Her research focuses on the role of visual arts and documentary images in contemporary Mexican literature. Dr. Berecochea holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), a Master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the University of Toronto and studied photography at the Escuela Activa de Fotografía in Mexico City. Dr. Berecochea’s work has been published in Mexico, the United States, Spain and Italy. Her photography is part of the Walter Phillips Collection of the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), the Fototeca del INAH in Pachuca, Mexico’s national photographic archive, and of Del Carmen Museum Collection (Mexico). Dr. Berecochea is co-founder and Program Director of the Institute for Creative Exchange (ICE) in Toronto.

About the Latin American Speakers Series

The Latin American Speakers Series aims to contextualize contemporary art within Canada as well as enrich our understanding of the art from both the continent and the Diaspora through lectures, audio-visual presentations, group critiques with local artists, workshops and online interviews.

The Latin American Speakers Series is presented by Latin American Canadian Art Projects and is curated by Tamara Toledo.

About the Curator of the Series

Tamara Toledo is a Toronto-based curator, artist and writer, graduate of OCAD University and holds an MFA from York University. Toledo is co-founder of the Allende Arts Festival and of Latin American Canadian Art Projects - LACAP. For over a decade Toledo has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions as well as launched the Latin American Speakers Series for which she has invited internationally renowned contemporary artists and curators to Toronto such as Gerardo Mosquera, Luis Camnitzer, and Tania Bruguera, among many others to articulate and discuss issues of identity and intercultural dynamics in contemporary Latin American art. Toledo has presented her curatorial work at various conferences in Montreal, New York, Vancouver and Toronto as well as written articles on Latin American contemporary art for ARM Journal, C Magazine, Fuse and Canadian Art. Toledo is presently the Curator of Sur Gallery.

For more information contact:
39 Queens Quay East Suite 100
Toronto, ON M5E 0A5

LACAP gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the City of Toronto through section 37.






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