The Latin American Speakers Series presents: Yoshua Okón
Thursday, 13 February 2020, 7 PM
Vtape, 401 Richmond St W, Suite 452
Mexican artist Yoshua Okón creates provocative, controversial video and performance work, blurring the boundaries between documentary and fiction. He critiques politics, globalization, capitalism, and culture in general, exposing social conflict within a context of absurdity. In his lecture, the artist will discuss his work on art and his most recent projects.
Moderated by Noor Alé.
Co-presented by Vtape
About the Speaker
YOSHUA OKÓN is an artist born and based in Mexico City. His work is based on sociological experiments executed for the camera, where he blends staged situations, documentation and improvisation and questions habitual perceptions of reality and truth, selfhood and morality. In 2002, he received an MFA from UCLA with a Fulbright Scholarship. His solo shows exhibitions include: Yoshua Okón: Collateral, MUAC, Mexico City and Amparo Museum, Puebla; Yoshua Okón, Ghebaly Gallery, LA; Yoshua Okón: In the Land of Ownership, ASAKUSA, Tokio; Saló Island, UC Irvine, Irvine; Piovra, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan; Poulpe, Mor Charpentier, Paris; Octopus, Cornerhouse, Manchester and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and SUBTITLE, Städtische Kunsthalle, Munich. His group exhibitions include: Manifesta 11, Zurich; Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul; Gwangju Biennale, Korea; Antes de la resaca, MUAC, Mexico City; Incongruous, Musèe Cantonal des Beux-Arts, Lausanne; The Mole’s Horizon, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Mercosur Biennial, Porto Alegre; Amateurs, CCA Wattis; San Francisco; Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London; Adaptive Behavior, New Museum, NY and Mexico City, PS1, MoMA, NY, and Kunstwerke, Berlin. His work is included in the collections of Tate Modern, Hammer Museum, LACMA, Colección Jumex and MUAC, among others.
About the Moderator
NOOR ALÉ is the Assistant Curator/Registrar at the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie. Prior to joining the MacLaren, she served as Curatorial Research Assistant for the exhibition Frontera: Views of the US-Mexico Border at the Canadian Photography Institute, National Gallery of Canada. She has contributed to curatorial and public programs at the Abu Dhabi Project, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Art Dubai; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. She holds an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London and a BA in Art History from the University of Guelph.
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.
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 Vtape.