Sur Gallery opens Fall 2022 with the exhibition: The People United
Beehive Collective, Colectivo LASTESIS, Carlos Colín, Cristian Ordóñez, and Syrus Marcus Ware
September 22 – November 26, 2022
Sur Gallery, 39 Queens Quay East, Suite 100, Toronto, ON, M5E 0A5
Opening Reception at Sur Gallery
Thursday, September 22nd, 7-9PM ET in-person. RSVP here.
Curator Tour with Tamara Toledo
Thursday, October 6th, 7-8PM ET on Zoom. Register here.
Artist Talk with Cristian Ordóñez and Syrus Marcus Ware
Thursday, October 13th, 7-9PM ET on Zoom. Register here.
Mesoamerica Resiste Workshop with the Beehive Collective
Saturday, October 15th, 1-3PM ET in-person. RSVP here.
LASTESIS: Practices for Feminist Resistance, part of the Latin American Speakers Series
Thursday, October 27th, 7-9PM ET on Zoom. Register here.
Feminist and Political Collage: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Performance Workshop
Saturday, November 5th, 1-3PM ET on Zoom. Register here.
Rise up, there is still hope, the people united, will never be defeated. Fear and apathy no longer dominate, injustices are far too great, and the risks outweigh the opportunity to change systems of power. Artists all over the world voice their discontent and defy elitist colonial legacies with its destructive imperialist and capitalist footprints. Artists are not afraid to communicate their outrage against neoliberal policies that impoverish the most vulnerable, they actively denounce corporate machines that destroy our environment, and question systemic racism and sexism embedded in our daily lives. Today, people unite and embrace the strength found within numbers. People demand a different future, removed from colonial legacies that perpetuate a state of coloniality.
Through the work of the Beehive Collective, Colectivo LASTESIS, Carlos Colín, Cristian Ordóñez, and Syrus Marcus Ware, the exhibition dares to reflect on the power of people to seek a different outcome. The Beehive Collective marks the history of colonization and capitalism throughout Mesoamerica, celebrating social movements that resist neoliberalism and extractivist developmentalist projects. Colectivo LASTESIS share their anti-patriarchal message through public interventions as their performances evolve into viral forms of protest worldwide. Carlos Colín offers the individual an opportunity to multiply, spread voices of solidarity, with the message that the power lies within the collective. Cristian Ordóñez captures images of combative youth underlining their courage and resilience. Syrus Marcus Ware offers a space of hope as he imagines the collapse of capitalism and a future where social restructuring is based on care, respect, and relations.
The exhibition renders struggle and hope and acknowledges the power that lies within people as well as a vision into what could be our future.
Curated by Tamara Toledo
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
BEEHIVE COLLECTIVE is an all-volunteer, activist art collective, motivated and dedicated to “cross-pollinating the grassroots” by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images as educational and organizational tools. They work anonymously as word-to-image translators of complex global stories, gathered through conversations with affected communities. Their graphics have tackled issues from globalization, trade, and resource extraction, to energy, biotechnology, and climate change. They strive to create holistic and accessible images that inspire critical reflection and strategic action.
COLECTIVO LASTESIS is an artistic, interdisciplinary, and feminist collective from Valparaíso, Chile, founded by Daffne Valdés Vargas, Paula Cometa Stange, Lea Cáceres Díaz, and Sibila Sotomayor Van Rysseghem. The collective is dedicated to spreading feminist theories and demands through performance and video performance, performance, sound, graphic and textile arts with history, philosophy, and social sciences. The collective has also participated in multiple festivals, workshops, conferences, and feminist gatherings in Chile, Argentina, the United States, Sweden, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, France, Spain, among others. Colectivo LASTESIS has received multiple awards including the Jaime Castillo Velasco Award from the Chilean Human Rights Commission (2020); and The TIME100: Most Influential People 2020.
CARLOS COLÍN is a visual artist, pedagogue, and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC who currently lives and works between Mexico City and Vancouver. His work explores and connects the cultural, theoretical, socio-political, religious, and artistic manifestations through baroque’s system as a colonial legacy in contemporary Mexico, Latin America, and by extension its migration. His work has been exhibited in venues such as the BIENALSUR 2021; AWA Cultura in Caracas, Venezuela; and Grunt Gallery in Vancouver. Colín was awarded the 2016 Emerging Artist, Mayor’s Arts Awards for the City of Vancouver in Visual Arts, and the 2017 Artist Studio Award Program.
CRISTIAN ORDÓÑEZ is a Chilean photographer based in Toronto. Ordóñez has exhibited his work in multiple group and solo exhibitions in Canada, Chile, the United Kingdom, Russia, Greece, the United States, and Netherlands. He has also participated in various art fairs in Santiago, Toronto, and Vancouver. Using the medium of photography he collects impressions of the world, gravitating towards the parallels between ideas, memory, and belonging. His work has been collected by the National Gallery of Canada, Library & Archives, the National Library of Australia, the State Library of Victoria in Australia, and the San Telmo Museum in Spain.
SYRUS MARCUS WARE is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, and educator. His work has been shown at Grunt Gallery, Vancouver; the 2019 and 2022 Toronto Biennial of Art; and the Bentway’s Safety in Public Spaces Initiative in 2020; among others. His performance works have been part of festivals across Canada, including at Cripping the Stage (Harbourfront Centre, 2016, 2019). He has won several awards, including the TD Diversity Award in 2017. Syrus earned his PhD at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and is Assistant Professor at the School of the Arts at McMaster University.
TAMARA TOLEDO has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions and has presented her work and research at various conferences in Montreal, New York, Vancouver, Chicago, Mexico City, and Toronto. Her writing has appeared in ARM Journal, C Magazine, Fuse, Canadian Art, and Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture Journal of the University of California. Toledo is currently the Director/Curator of Sur Gallery and is a PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Culture at York University.
Sur Gallery is Toronto’s first gallery space dedicated to the exhibition and critical engagement of contemporary Latin American art and is a project of LACAP.
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Sur Gallery acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; Ontario Arts Council; Toronto Arts Council; Canadian Heritage through Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Events component; The City of Toronto through section 37; and its sponsors SeeThroughWeb, Hoffworks Productions, and Ready2Post.