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The Latin American Speakers Series presents:Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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Thursday, 18 November 2021, 7 PM Via Zoom

This Speaker Series session is a part of the Reimagining Mourning Exihbition currently on view at Sur Gallery.

About the Speaker

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexican-born Montreal-based media artist working at the intersection of architecture and performance art. He creates platforms for public participation using technologies such as robotic lights, digital fountains, computerized surveillance, media walls, and telematic networks. He was the first artist to represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with an exhibition at Palazzo Van Axel in 2007. He has also shown at Biennials in Cuenca, Havana, Istanbul, Kochi, Liverpool, Melbourne NGV, Moscow, New Orleans, New York ICP, Seoul, Seville, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Wuzhen. His public art has been commissioned for the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004), the Student Massacre Memorial in Tlatelolco (2008), the Vancouver Olympics (2010), the pre-opening exhibition of the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi (2015), and the activation of the Raurica Roman Theatre in Basel (2018). Collections holding his work include MoMA and Guggenheim in New York, TATE in London, MAC and MBAM in Montreal, Jumex, and MUAC in Mexico City, DAROS in Zurich, MONA in Hobart, 21C Museum in Kanazawa, Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul, CIFO in Miami, MAG in Manchester, SFMOMA in San Francisco, ZKM in Karlsruhe, SAM in Singapore, among many others.

https://www.lozano-hemmer.com/

About the Latin American Speakers Series

The Latin American Speakers Series aims to contextualize contemporary art within Canada as well as enrich our understanding of the art from both the continent and the Diaspora through lectures, audio-visual presentations, group critiques with local artists, workshops and online interviews.

The Latin American Speakers Series is presented by Latin American Canadian Art Projects.

PROGRAMMING FOR REIMAGINING MOURNING

Curator Tour with Tamara Toledo

Thursday, October 21st, 6-7pm ET on Zoom

Online Artist Talk with Claudia Chagoya and Laura Barrón:

Thursday, November 4th, 6-7:30 PM ET on Zoom

Studio Critique: Paolo Almario with Gerardo Mosquera:

View recording online at www.surgalleryvirtual.ca

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

People must mourn, yet this human need has been challenged by the pandemic where thousands around the globe have not been able to accompany their sick relatives and friends during the last few days of their lives. Our rituals, funerals, vigils, ceremonies, and congregations have had to change in order to prevent further spread of the disease. The uncertainty of death has become as real and as palpable as the uncertainty of living, and those most vulnerable in our society have paid the heftiest price during this global tragedy. However, deprived of the ability to mourn has led to alternate modes of expression and human interaction. Many have adapted to new possibilities and perspectives, all of which include our process of mourning. The artists Paolo Almario, Laura Barrón, Claudia Chagoya, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer offer new insights into this human quest and position the task as an all-encompassing and collective endeavor. Their work speaks to a generation of people who have had to overcome uncertainty and unpredictability, where memory serves as a powerful tool to re-conceptualize a different outcome.

The artists in the exhibition Reimagining Mourning construct narratives that discuss the despair faced by loss while also offering humanity a place for closure. No one can ever prepare for death or loss, but these artists allow a space for its representation, they display the fragility of life and the humanity we all share. Almario, Barrón, Chagoya, and Lozano-Hemmer capture an experiential and transcendental place, and they suggest a new terrain for its absent subject, no longer confined to isolation. Perhaps the ability of artists to provide spaces of revisiting, regenerating, and reimagining sites of remembrance and commemoration – one that we all long for and need – will lead us to acknowledge the horrors of our past and present and seek to live a more just and balanced future.Curated by Tamara Toledo.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

For a safe and enjoyable experience, we are taking all protocols and health measurements to ensure the continuing health of our community. We will be open by appointment only on Fridays from noon to 6pm and Saturdays 11am to 5pm. The use of masks will be required to enter the gallery. To book an appointment, please email operations@surgallery.ca.

ABOUT SUR GALLERY

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.

For information contact:

416-654-7787

info@surgallery.ca

www.surgallery.ca

www.surgalleryvirtual.ca

www.facebook.com/LACAPsurgallery

https://www.youtube.com/user/lacapcanada/videos

Gallery Hours:

To book an appointment, please email operations@surgallery.ca

Fri noon-6:00PM / Sat 11AM-5PM

Location: 100-39 Queens Quay East, Toronto

LACAP gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and The City of Toronto through section 37.

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