The Latin American Speakers Series presents: VOLUSPA JARPA


Thursday, September 19, 8PM-10PM
@ George Brown College School of Design
Artscape Daniels Launchpad, 3 Lower Jarvis Street, Room 240

Voluspa Jarpa is a Chilean artist whose work is rooted on the analysis of declassified archives and leaked documents of foreign interventions that have occurred in Latin America during the Cold War. By working with the materiality of the archives, Jarpa reveals painful truths about these brutal interventions, reflecting on memory and the cultural notion of trauma.

Jarpa’s lecture will be accompanied by an exhibition adjacent to the auditorium as well as at Sur Gallery. An opening reception will take place prior to the lecture at Sur Gallery, 39 Queens Quay East, Suite 100, 6-8PM.

Presented in partnership with George Brown College School of Design.


About the Guest Speaker

VOLUSPA JARPA is a Chilean artist. Solo exhibitions include: Cuerpo político: archivos públicos y secretos at the Gabriela Mistral Gallery of the Universidad de Chile (2017); En nuestra pequeña región de por acá at the MALBA, Buenos Aires (2017); and L’effet Charcot at La Maison de l’Amerique Latine in Paris (2010). She has participated in many international exhibitions including: the 12th Shanghai Biennial curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina (2018-2019), The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin at the Jewish Museum, New York (2017); Resistance Performed – Aesthetic Strategies under Repressive Regimes in Latin America, at the Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland (2016); La No-Historia, Biennial of Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011 – 2015), the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011); the 8th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil; the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2014); The Artistic Experience of History, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013); and Dislocation at the Kunst Museum of Bern, Switzerland (2009); among others. Jarpa’s works are in important collections including that of the MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; LARA Foundation, Singapore; Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, USA; Rabobank Collection, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile; and Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, USA. She received the Illy sustain Art Prize in 2012 during ARCO in Madrid, Spain. Voluspa Jarpa is the selected artist to represent Chile in the 58th Venice Biennial.

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 through lectures, audio-visual presentations, group critiques with local artists, workshops and online interviews.

The Latin American Speakers Series is presented by Latin American Canadian Art Projects.


Voluspa Jarpa, It Is What You See series/Judd Tube and It is What You See series/Judd Shaft, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.


The exhibition Declassified History: Archiving Latin America tackles the dark period in history marked by United States interventions in Latin America. Oppressive regimes from the south are explicitly linked to corrupt governments of the north through installations by artists Omar Estrada, Voluspa Jarpa and Iván Navarro as they capture events that may well be repeated in the future. The artists in the exhibition work with testimonials and declassified archives with which we not only witness but also become complicit of a hidden history, works that allow for a continuous and ongoing discussion around responsibility and accountability.

Curated by Tamara Toledo

For more information contact:
Sur Gallery
39 Queens Quay East Suite 100
Toronto, ON M5E 0A5

LACAP gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and The City of Toronto through section 37 as well as its partner George Brown College School of Design.