Alena Robin Diogo Rodrigues de Barros Eddy Firmin Analays Alvarez Hernandez Daymi Coll Padilla What Makes Art and Artists “Latin American”?

Date(s): Feb 21 2020, 4:00 pm
Feb 29 2020, 12:30 pm
Feb 29 2020, 2:00 pm


What Makes Art and Artists “Latin American”?

© A. Gelis by D. Araujo, 2019

Guided tours by the curator of the exhibition
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
Free entry

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.

What Makes Art and Artists “Latin American”?

© A. Gelis by D. Araujo, 2019

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 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.

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 his Caribbean culture, which is an aesthetic structure that sews Africa to the West.

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.

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.