Carlos Colín, Artist – Mexico City, Vancouver

Carlos Colín’s solo exhibition Strident aesthetic. Toward a new liberation, now on display at grunt gallery, explores symbols of Latin America’s colonial history through Latin American conceptual art strategies. He is represented by Fazakas Gallery in Vancouver and has exhibited his artwork in venues like Galería de la Raza in San Francisco, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Satellite Gallery in Vancouver, and Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City. He was awarded the 2016 Emerging Artist from the Mayor’s Arts Awards for the City of Vancouver in Visual Arts, the 2017 Artist Studio Award Program, and a Canada Council Research and Creation grant in 2018. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC.

1. Family

Family is everything. The cornerstone of my daily life and professional practice. My family and family relationships are my primary focus in life.

2. Latin America

As a Mexican and Latin American visual artist, I am interested in taking a socio-radical position to explore and improve the aesthetics and politics in Latin America and its diaspora through an interdisciplinary approach. The term Latinoamérica is a powerful poetic concept that creates a sense of community and social responsibility for the people, the society, and the diaspora.

3. Pedagogy

To quote Paulo Freire: “Dialogue cannot exist without humility. The naming of the world, through which people constantly re-create that world, cannot be an act of arrogance.”
And to quote Luis Camnitzer: “The merger of politics and art not only gave identity and purpose to the role of art in society but also served as a strategy to effect change. This was a pivotal point when didactics were highlighted in conceptual art in Latin America.”

4. Baroque

I understand the baroque as simulated vibrations that generate the propagation of elastic waves, producing deformations and tensions on a continuous medium. At the same time, baroque is used as a position of equilibrium, acting as a force zero. According with the force created through the vibrations does not necessarily involve internal deformations of the whole body. The vibrations cause all different kinds of waves or, according to Severo Sarduy, simulacrums that allow obscurantism, elision, or frustration. Any force that is applied on an object generates a disturbance. The baroque is the vibrating force to create social, political, religious, economic, and cultural deformations, tensions, and equilibriums.

5. Futbol

Like most Latin American people, fútbol is part of my life. Over the years this sport has brought me an interesting and passionate perspective on social, political, religious, and artistic manifestations. Fútbol creates a rich dialogue between my background, my theoretical research, and my artistic practice.