Anahí González: The Other Neighbour of El Otro Lado

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Anahí González, Premium Pac from the series Los Vecino(s), 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Other Neighbour of El Otro Lado
Anahí González

Artlab Gallery
Department of Visual Arts, Western University
MFA Thesis Exhibition
August 3 – 20, 2021

The Other Neighbour of El Otro Lado explores themes of Mexican migration in Canada, engaging with ideas of human labour and various indexes of Mexican culture, trade, and economic exchange. With two simultaneous exhibitions in two locations: the Artlab (London, ON, Canada) and El NODO (Saltillo, COAH, Mexico), the show echoes the importance of creating a visual narrative between both countries to decenter the United States narrative concerning Mexican migration.

Working with cardboard boxes from Latin Markets in Ontario as a sign and cipher of an absent subject of labour, González brings attention and critiques to how the system of powers perceives Mexican labour as mobile, multi-purpose, temporary, and disposable.

www.theotherneighbour.com

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Exhibition documentation, The Other Neighbour of El Otro Lado, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

About the artist
Anahí González is a Mexican photographer based in London, Ontario, where she is completing her MFA in Visual Arts at Western University. She explores alternative visual narratives related to Mexican migrants and labour in Canada.

González received her BA in Communication Studies from the Universidad del Valle de México in 2016. In 2017, she worked as a cinematographer with the Mexican director Busi Cortés for a research documentary funded by the CEIICH-UNAM. Her work has been presented in exhibitions and screenings in Mexico, Norway, Canada, Spain, and France. The Other Neighbour of El Otro Lado is her graduate thesis exhibition.

www.anahigonzalez.com
www.instagram.com/anahigonzalezph

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Anahí González, Scan #14 from the series Content Must Be Revised, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

Special Event:
Artist’s Walkthrough in Spanish with Anahí González and Visual Arts Department Chair, Alena Robin
Friday, August 6 at 2:00 pm
Limited to 50 visitors. A one-time event, offered in Spanish only, to tour through The Other Neighbour of El Otro Lado with artist Anahí González and Visual Arts Department Chair Alena Robin. To attend this walkthrough, please reserve your spot using the form below or visit the event’s booking page. To attend this walkthrough, please reserve your spot using the form below or visit the event’s booking page.

Due to COVID-19 safety measures, the Artlab Gallery and Cohen Commons is operating by appointment. To schedule your next visit, please do so online using the link below. If you have questions or are seeking additional information regarding your next visit to the gallery, feel free to reach out to the Gallery Manager at rskinne6@uwo.ca

Exhibition Walk-Through Video: View on Vimeo
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