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The Latin American Speakers Series presents:


Art as Activism/Activism as Art
Tuesday, June 30 6 pm
OCAD University’s Auditorium, Room 190
100 McCaul Street
Free Admission

Both internationally renowned artists will reflect on their practice in relation to how the ‘artist’ as social activist and political strategist can be an answer and/or fall short to pressing global issues.

JOTA CASTRO was born in Yurimaguas, Peru and currently lives in Brussels, Belgium. He is a political science graduate, former student of the College of Europe in Bruges who worked for the UN and the EU. For the past 17 years, Jota Castro has practiced as a contemporary artist exploring themes of social and political conflict through the mediums of photography, sculpture, video and installation. He curated and participated in the event collateral to the 55th Biennale of Venice 2013 Emergency Pavilion: Rebuilding Utopia, took part in the collateral event to the 54th Biennale of Venice I Miss My Enemies, curated by Oxana Maleeva, and the 53rd Biennale of Venice 2009, The Fear Society, Pabellón de la Urgencia. He also participated in the Biennale of Tirana, Prague and Kwangju, Korea winning the award at the latter in 2004. Castro’s most recent solo exhibitions include: Gemutlichkeit, at Galleria Umberto di Marino (2013); Trame curated by Massimo Minini, Stefano Raimondi, Mauro Zanchi, in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo. In 2011, he curated Dublin Contemporary Terrible Beauty: Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance, along with Christian Viveros-Fauné.

MINERVA CUEVAS graduated with a BFA from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma, Mexico City in 1997. Her socially engaged practice encompasses a range of strategies and media including film, installation, performance, and site-specific public intervention. One of Cuevas’s best-known works is the long-term project Better Life Corporation (Mejor Vida Corp., 1998– ), which evolved from her public interventions in Mexico City. Part pseudo-corporation, part non-profit organization, the project revolves around a website that offers a range of public services. Cuevas has had major solo exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2008); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009); Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2010); Cornerhouse, Manchester (2011); and Museo de la Ciudad de México (2012), among others. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York (2002); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2010); and the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth (2013), among many others. Cuevas’s work was also included in the Istanbul Biennial (2003); São Paulo Biennial (2006); and Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2007). She received grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) in 2003 and the Fondo Nacional para cultura y las Artes in 1999. Her work is held in the collection of the Tate, UNAM, Mexico City and Van Abbé Museum, Eindhoven.

Moderated by Gerardo Mosquera

GERARDO MOSQUERA is a freelance curator, art historian and critic based in Havana, Cuba. He was one of the organizers of the first Havana Biennial in 1984 and remained central to the curatorial team until he resigned in 1989. Since then, his activity turned to be mainly international: he has been traveling, lecturing and curating exhibitions in more than 70 countries.


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. The guest speakers will refer to relationships and differences between hemispheres and reflect on how transnational and diasporic identities have changed canons and hierarchies offering a much more expansive view of what contemporary art can offer. Artists Alejandro Cartagena (Mexico), Jota Castro (Belgium/Peru), Minerva Cuevas (Mexico), Regina Silveira (Brazil) and curator Gerardo Mosquera (Cuba) have been invited to share their work through lectures, audio-visual presentations, discussions and interviews. This year we are extremely fortunate to have these artists and visiting curator to not only provide insightful presentations of their work, but also share one-on-one studio visits and workshops with local artists and students.

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 cultural administrator. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Drawing and Painting and holds an MFA from York University. Toledo is co-founder of the Allende Arts Festival and Latin American Canadian Art Projects-LACAP and is the Curator/Director of Sur Gallery. In the past eight years, Toledo has brought fifteen internationally renowned artists and curators to Canada to give lectures, interviews and artist critiques; curated ten exhibitions in Toronto disseminating the work of both local and international Latin American artists; and has participated in various conferences, such as Performing Feminist Motherhood (New York), Memory and Migration (UBC, Vancouver) and Critical Dialogues: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Curating and Artistic Practice (Toronto). Toledo has written articles on Latin American art for ARM Journal, C Magazine and Fuse Magazine.

Related Events

MINERVA CUEVAS and JOTA CASTRO will also be part of Sur Gallery's inaugural exhibition entitled, Sportsmanship Under Surveillance, June 27 - August 8.
39 Queens Quay East, Suite 100
Artists will be present for the Opening Reception: Saturday, June 27 6-9pm.
Sur Gallery is LACAP's signature project
Please visit for more information

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

LACAP acknowledges the financial support of the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Business for the Arts and Friends of the Pan Am Path. LACAP also gratefully acknowledges the support of its volunteers; its corporate sponsors: Underline Studio, See Through Web and Carranza LLP; as well as its partners: Art Gallery of Ontario, Circuit Gallery, CONTACT, OCAD University, PATTISON Onestop and Art for Commuters, Prefix ICA and Sur Gallery.






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