The act of moving from one place to another whether seasonally or indefinitely is an act that unites animals and humans alike. The complex and natural phenomenon of migration unifies us despite our differences. What does it mean to be Latin outside our countries of origin? Why do we seek to homogenize and exoticize the Latin identity when in reality Latin America is a vast, diverse and complex group of territories and cultures?
It is undeniable that this constant movement has defined our human experience as Latins in Vancouver. The series of live interviews and virtual studio visits “Trascendiendo Fronteras: exploring migration through art” seeks to introduce 4 different viewpoints on migration through the artworks of Vancouver based artists Pilar Mehlis, Guadalupe Martinez, Carlos Colín and Teo Monsalve. Tune in, to virtually meet the artists in their studio and see how they have responded to these universal questions with their practice.
As a Latin American artist, I am investigating how to use our local knowledge, lived realities, and histories as new expressions of social and cultural progress. My research topic explores and connects the core cultural, theoretical, social, political, artistic intersections between art, society, and decolonization. I have studied baroque as a colonial legacy in contemporary Mexico, and by extension, Latin America. One of the goals of my research and art practice is to encourage new generations in Latin America and abroad to be exposed to Latin American theories, culture, and knowledge. My interdisciplinary research areas of interest include History, Art History, Latin American Art, Contemporary Art, Latin American History, Anthropology, History, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.
Mediator: Miret Rodriguez from Curated Tastes