Curator Tour: The People United with Tamara Toledo

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Curator Tour: The People United with Tamara Toledo

The People United Curator Tour with Tamara Toledo

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On October 6 join curator Tamara Toledo to learn more about The People United Exhibition.


Tamara Toledo is a Toronto-based curator, scholar, and artist. She is co-founder of the Allende Arts Festival and of Latin American Canadian Art Projects. For the past fifteen years she has curated exhibitions and projects offering spaces and opportunities to Latinx and diasporic artists in Canada. Founder and curator of the Latin American Speakers Series, Toledo has invited internationally renowned contemporary artists, philosophers, critics, and curators to Toronto to articulate and discuss issues of identity and intercultural dynamics in contemporary art. Toledo has presented her work at various conferences in Montreal, New York, Vancouver, Chicago, Mexico City, and Toronto. Her writing has appeared in ARM Journal, C Magazine, Fuse, Canadian Art, and the Latin American & Latinx Visual Culture Journal of the University of California. Her curatorial and academic practice follows an intersectional approach and embraces decolonial methodologies and practices to explore issues of memory, power relations, uprooting and displacement, social dynamics, and the unthinkable possibilities of art practices. Toledo is presently the Director/Curator of Sur Gallery, the only space dedicated to contemporary Latin American art in Canada and is currently a PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Culture at York University.


Rise up, there is still hope, the people united, will never be defeated. Fear and apathy no longer dominate, injustices are far too great, and the risks outweigh the opportunity to change systems of power. Artists all over the world voice their discontent and defy elitist colonial legacies with its destructive imperialist and capitalist footprints. Artists are not afraid to communicate their outrage against neoliberal policies that impoverish the most vulnerable, they actively denounce corporate machines that destroy our environment, and question systemic racism and sexism embedded in our daily lives. They do not shy away from denouncing Canadian corporations that extract resources, they condemn racial discrimination and violence, patriarchal systems of power, and gender inequalities. Today, people unite and embrace the strength found within numbers and within each other as a collective. People demand a different outcome, a different future, a transformed worldview, removed from colonial legacies that perpetuate a state of coloniality.

Through the work of the Beehive Collective, Colectivo LASTESIS, Carlos Colín, Cristian Ordóñez, and Syrus Marcus Ware, the exhibition dares to reflect on the power of people that follow a path of transformation seeking a different outcome. The Beehive Collective marks the history of colonization and capitalism throughout Mesoamerica, celebrating social movements that resist neoliberalism and extractivist developmentalist projects, while highlighting inspiring stories of collective action during times of climate change. Colectivo LASTESIS share their anti-patriarchal message through public interventions as their performances evolve into viral forms of protest worldwide. Carlos Colín offers the individual an opportunity to multiply, spread voices of solidarity, with the message that the power lies within us, within the collective. Cristian Ordóñez captures images of combative youth underlining their courage and resilience, as well as their organizational capacity to change the course of Chilean history. And finally, Syrus Marcus Ware offers a space of hope as they imagine the collapse of capitalism and a not too far away future where social restructuring is based on care, acknowledgement, respect, and relations.

The exhibition The People United renders struggle and hope. It offers moments in time of resurgence, contestation, and emancipation but most importantly acknowledges the power that lies within people as well as a vision into what could be our future.


Artist Talk with Cristian Ordóñez and Syrus Marcus Ware

Thursday, October 13th, 7-9PM ET on Zoom.

Mesoamerica Resiste Workshop with Beehive Collective

Saturday, October 15th, 1-3PM ET in-person

LASTESIS: Practices for Feminist Resistance

Thursday, October 27th, 7-9PM ET on Zoom.

Feminist and Political Collage: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Performance Workshop

Saturday, November 5th, 1-3PM ET on Zoom.


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.