What Makes Art and Artists “Latin American”?

© A. Gelis by D. Araujo, 2019

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© A. Gelis by D. Araujo, 2019

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What Makes Art and Artists “Latin American”?

Guided tours by the curator of the exhibition
February 21 at 4 p.m. and February 29 at 12:30 p.m.
in French and Spanish
Free entry

Round table
February 29 at 2 p.m.
With Alena Robin, Diogo Rodrigues de Barros, Eddy Firmin and the curators of the exhibition The Recipe: Making Latin-American Art in Canada Analays Alvarez Hernandez and Daymi Coll Padilla

Please note the round table will be in French
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This round table will bring together artists, curators and researchers for a discussion on what we consider in the era of globalization to be “Latin-American art” or a “Latin-American artist” beyond the traditional boundaries of this art, but also in the light of decolonial theories. The participants will discuss their relationship with Latin America, both as individuals and as professionals, with regard to their geographic situation, past and present, and their critical postures. In addition, they will share, with a dialogical perspective, their vision on the work of so-called artists of “Latin-American” origin who live and work in Canada, but also at the crossroads of several physical and virtual territories. The exhibition The Recipe will provide the backdrop for exchanges that will highlight, among other things, the emergence of a “Latin-Canadian” artistic production, while questioning the reflection of nomenclatures attached to a colonial heritage and by reflecting ways to highlight other knowledge and sensitivities.

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Alena Robin

Alena Robin holds a MA and a PhD in Art History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Western Ontario, where she teaches Hispanic visual culture. Her research interests focus on the representation of the Passion of Christ in New Spain. Other fields of specialization and interest are theories of art and artistic literature in Spain and Latin America, historiography of painting in New Spain, and the presence of Latin American art in Canada. 

Diogo Rodrigues de Barros

Diogo Rodrigues de Barros is a historian who graduated from the University of São Paulo and the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris). He is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the Université de Montréal, where his research focuses on Latin-American artistic identity during the Cold War. As a lecturer at the same university, he taught "Modern arts in Latin America, History of collections" and the synthesis seminar of the master's program in Museology.

Eddy Firmin

Originally from Guadeloupe, Eddy Firmin graduated from the École supérieure d’art et design Le Havre-Rouen, the Institut régional d’art visuel de la Martinique and has a PhD in études et pratiques des arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Since 2006 he is leading the Terra Incognita project, an international cycle of artist residencies (Japan, Spain, Zimbabwe, France, Canada). His practice and research question the narrative of art at the foundation of its Caribbean culture, an aesthetic structure that sews Africa to the West. His works are part of several public collections in France and Guadeloupe, notably at the Mémorial ACTe, Caribbean centre for expressions and memory of the slave trade and slavery inaugurated in May 2015.

Analays Alvarez Hernandez

Analays Alvarez Hernandez is an art historian and independent curator. Her research focuses on contemporary art, with an emphasis on commemorative public art, diasporic and ethnocultural communities, Latino Canadian art, and curating. She has notably received a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Havana, Cuba, and her Doctorate from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Currently, she is Assistant Professor in the Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques at the Université de Montréal. Alongside her academic research and teaching experience, Alvarez Hernandez has organized several exhibitions in Montreal, Havana, and Toronto as an independent curator.

Daymi Coll Padilla

Daymi Coll Padilla is a Toronto-based Cuban-born art historian, independent curator, and co-founder of Havana Streetview Project. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Havana in 2006 and she recently graduated from the Library and Information Technician program at Seneca College. For several years, she held a curatorial position at the Center for the Development of the Visual Arts (Centro de Desarollo para las Artes Visuales – CDAV), one of the most renown and experimental institutional art spaces in Havana. She has curated numerous solo and group shows, given conferences and talks about contemporary Cuban art, and written for various art magazines, catalogues, and books. As an art specialist, she was part of the Curator and Producer team of the 5th Contemporary Cuban Art Fair (Salón de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo) and the 10th Havana Biennial.