Neotropical Migrants and Others

Maria Ezcurra, Cormoran à aigrettes, 2019

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Maria Ezcurra, Cormoran à aigrettes, 2019

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Neotropical Migrants and Others

Exhibition

Salle Daniel-Dion et Su Schnee

From September 18 to October 23, 2021

Exhibition Essay: Migrantes Neotropicales y Otros by Nuria Carton de Grammont

Neotropical Migrants and Others, translation by Maria and Paula Ezcurra

This project was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts

Inspired by the trajectory of certain species of neotropical migratory birds that fly each year from Canada to Central and South America and back, Maria Ezcurra’s work involved a long research process. It considers the bird species that specifically migrate from Quebec to the south of the American continent. Her research includes the observation of birds in Montreal's wetlands that are home to many migratory species, many of them vulnerable or endangered. Configured under a kind of archaeology of displacement and memory, the series presented at OBORO uses recycled and recovered materials, such as packing boxes, tourist souvenirs and personal objects that have followed these same migratory routes.

Neotropical Migrants and Others seeks to discover the links between climate change and migration. It considers the dependent relationship between nature and human activity, affected by political, economic and social factors, and incorporates both the resilience and vulnerability of migrant populations, exploring and revealing the connections — sometimes invisible and often problematic — of the migratory phenomenon with environmental and social issues. The multidisciplinary exhibition includes drawings, sculptures, textile installations and a collection of Latin American artisanries obtained from garage sales and second-hand shops in Montreal.

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Maria Ezcurra

Maria Ezcurra is an Argentinean-Mexican-Canadian artist and educator. Recipient of the 2019 Prix de la diversité en arts visuels by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Maria has participated in numerous exhibits worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, the Carl Freedman Gallery in the United Kingdom, the Nuit Blanche in Toronto, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and La Centrale galerie Powerhouse. She has taught art in a number of universities and organizations in Mexico and Canada over the past twenty years.