Curator Tour: Hilos Conductores with Nathalia Santos Ocasio

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Curator Tour: Hilos Conductores with Nathalia Santos Ocasio

In-person tour with the curator of Hilos Conductores.

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Sur Gallery 39 Queens Quay East ##100 Toronto, ON M5E 0A5 Canada

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  • 2 hours
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On February 11th join curator Nathalia Santos Ocasio to learn more about the exhibition.


Nathalia Santos Ocasio is a PhD candidate in Human Geography at Queen’s University. Her research looks at how place-based art practices respond to and resist complex global economic processes. A Queen’s University, Nathalia has been active in the GEELs research lab as well as in advocacy for international students. She is Human Geography editor for the Global Encounters: New Visions journal.


In Spanish, the phrase hilos conductores can mean two things: conductive threads and the main idea or theme of a story. Hilos Conductores explores the threads that connect life in Chile with Canada in uneven ways. These include copper mining, private water utilities and other extractive schemes, but also refuge, art and networks of transnational solidarity. To do this, this exhibition brings a sample of arpilleras (political textiles) created during the Chilean dictatorship together with the recent work of textile artists and collectives: Bélgica Castro, Soledad Muñoz, Tamara Marcos, Memorarte and Autorretazo. Spanning three countries and various decades, the presentation of these works seeks to honour generations of textile artists who have drawn on unsuspected materials, like thread, fabric and sewing needles, to denounce human rights violations, free-market economics and extractivism. Conceptualised during the 2019-2020 anti-establishment revolts in Chile and resulting constitutional referenda, Hilos Conductores highlights the power of political textiles to uncover complex geopolitical relations that stand in the way of social change and decolonial futures.

Given the uneven geographies that emerge from the state global political economy, transnational demonstrations of solidarity and hopes for transformative change require that we consider our own positionality within extractive schemes. They also require that we re-imagine North-South and human-nature relationships in more just and sustainable ways. It is by attending to these complexities that the thread of hope that runs throughout the works featured in this exhibition emerge.


Embroidering Collectivity with Bélgica Castro Fuentes and Soledad Fátima MuñozTextile Museum of Canada, Toronto

Saturday, January 14th, 1-5pm

Embroidering Collectivity with Hector Maturana Bañados and Soledad Fátima Muñoz Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

Thursday, January 21st, 1-5pm

Artist Talk with Erika Silva from Memorarte and Tamara Marcos

Thursday, March 16th, 1-2:30pm, online via Zoom.

Studies in National and International Development, A conversation with Bélgica Castro

Hybrid event at Queen’s University

Thursday, March 16th, 1-2:30pm.

Workshop with Tamara Marcos

Agnes Etherington Centre, Queen’s University

Saturday, March 25th

Closing Event: Walking tour from Sur Gallery to Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) with

workshop participants.

Saturday, April 1st, 2-5:30pm


Sur Gallery is Toronto's first gallery space dedicated to the exhibition and critical engagement of contemporary Latin American Art and is a project of LACAP.

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Gallery Hours:

Thursdays and Fridays 12 pm-6 pm

Saturdays 11AM-5PM

Location: 100-39 Queens Quay East, Toronto

Sur Gallery acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; Ontario Arts Council; Toronto Arts Council; Canadian Heritage through Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Events component; The City of Toronto through section 37; and its sponsor Ready2Post.