Sur Gallery presents Online Studio Critiques: Gerardo Mosquera with Paolo Almario and Omar Estrada


Thursday, April 29, 2021
6 PM (ET) on Zoom
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Artists articulate their work in 30-minute presentations followed by a studio critique by internationally renowned curators. The guest curator reviews the work of diasporic artists based in Canada. Join us as Gerardo Mosquera is invited to situate and discuss the work of Colombian Canadian artist Paolo Almario and Cuban Canadian artist Omar Estrada.



GERARDO MOSQUERA is an independent curator, art critic, historian, and writer based in Havana, Madrid, and the world. He is an advisor to the Rijksakademie van Beeldenden Kunsten, Amsterdam, a member of the advisory board of several international art centers and journals, and is currently co-curating the Guangzhou Image Triennial. He was co-founder of the Havana Biennial; Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Artistic Director for PHotoSpain, Madrid; and has curated many biennials and international exhibitions around the world. He has published more than 700 texts, books, catalogs and magazines. His latest publication is entitled Arte desde América latina: y otros pulsos globales. Among other topics, he has reflected on issues of art, globalization and cultural dynamics, and on the notion of Latin American art. He has organized and participated in multiple international symposiums and has given conferences and seminars in universities and other institutions in the five continents. Mosquera received the Guggenheim Scholarship, New York, in 1990.


PAOLO ALMARIO is a Colombian artist based in Saguenay, Quebec. In his art practice, Almario explores relationships between the individual and spaces that occupy and structure spatiotemporal and sociopolitical identities. He is an installation-based artist who explores digital technologies (software, electronics and robotics). Paolo Almario studied Design and Architecture at the Universidad Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. In 2014, he completed a Master’s degree in Arts from the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC). His work has been supported by the Conseil des arts et des letters du QuĂ©bec (CALQ) and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2018, he received the CALQ Award – Creator of the Year in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean. His work has been exhibited in Canada, Colombia, Italy, Belgium and France.

OMAR ESTRADA is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist born in Cuba. Estrada has exhibited for over thirty years in various international events, such as the Havana Biennial (2006 and 2015), the Absolute L.A. Biennial, USA (2003), the Caribbean Triennial in Santo Domingo, D.R (2010), the AsunciĂłn Biennial, Paraguay (2015, 2019) and the Curitiba Biennial, Brazil (2017). In his interdisciplinary practice, Estrada’s installation work uses sound, video, interactivity, found objects, participatory performance and narrative text. He explores the transversal tensions between art, science, history and politics by questioning the validity – and disputing authority – of political, cultural and scientific approaches established as “absolutes”. During the past five years, Estrada has been exploring the impact of the Cold War on Latin American history and the position of Cuba as a proxy of the Eastern bloc within global geopolitical dynamics. Therefore, his own experience is incorporated -common to his generation- as a Latin-American/Caribbean/Cuban now inserted into the narratives of the “other”, which for him is North America. His latest work examines these experiences from the perspective of the production and circulation of knowledge as well as the technological as the symbolic aspect of geopolitics.


Sur Gallery is Toronto’s first gallery space in Canada 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 its funders the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and The City of Toronto through section 37. This program, offered as part of the HORIZON initiative, is supported by an Open Door grant from the Toronto Arts Council.