Latin@merica: Embedding Bodies and Localities - Sur Gallery Exhibition

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Sur Gallery presents Latin@merica: Embedding Bodies and Localities

April 1 to May 29, 2021


Sur Gallery Exhibition: 39 Queens Quay East, Suite 100

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Online Opening Reception via Zoom: Thursday, May 6, 6-8PM


Latin@merica: Embedding Bodies and Localities offers the possibilities of rethinking how traditional place-based affiliations and notions of cultural identity end up reproduced, reaffirmed, or even transformed in the digital realm. The exhibition aims to highlight how technology has had an impact in the construction of Latin American identity and its networked localities. New forms of negotiation between the local and the global, between the virtual and the real are constantly being elaborated by the presented works, leading to new ways of understanding what it means to be Latinx and/or Latin American in a contemporary digital field.

Alexandra Gelis, Ana Maria Millán, Santiago Tavera and Laura Acosta interrogate some of the key place-based concerns of Latinx identity through their on-and offline cultural practice. Using new media technologies they express alternative viewpoints about the locations they represent allowing people to make important connections to their physical and offline locations. This tactical interplay between virtual and real space to construct new formulations of territorial identity and new cartographies of urban/rural space, give voice to oppositional discussions through new media technologies, alternative modes of expression and dissemination.

The artists in Latin@merica engage in re-appropriations and re-imaginings of globalizing technologies, providing space for the expression of resistance discourses and towards the recuperation of cultural memory.

Curated by Claudia Arana

Co-presented with Mayworks Festival


Curator Tour with Claudia Arana

Thursday, April 6, 6-8pm on Zoom

Online Opening Reception via Zoom

With Live Performance by artist Luis Navarro

Thursday, May 6, 6-8PM

Artists Video Interviews
On Sur Gallery Virtual Platform and Mayworks Festival Website /

Alexandra Gelis, May 3-9

Ana Maria Millán, May 10-16

Santiago Tavera and Laura Acosta, May 17-23


Alexandra Gelis is a Colombian-Venezuelan, media artist based in Toronto with a background in visual arts and is currently a PhD candidate in Environmental Studies at York University. Her work predominantly involves photography, video, electronic and digital processes. Gelis’ work addresses the use of the image in relation to displacement, landscape and politics beyond borders or culturally specific subjects. She also works as an educator/facilitator, leading video and photography workshops for youth in marginalized communities in Canada, Colombia and Panama.

Ana María Millán's practice addresses the politics of animation in relation to digital cultures and subcultures, gender and propaganda. She has developed techniques based on role-playing and reenactment, using animation as a methodology to create a series of plays that ultimately become narrative films. It speaks from amateur cultures, pop political culture, sound territories and technology to develop flawed and dysfunctional narratives.

Santiago Tavera is interested in constructing immersive and interactive installations that explore virtual narratives of dislocation and perception. In Tavera’s work, multimedia video compositions, 3D graphic animations, text, sound and reflective materials evoke experiences of physical, digital and queer notions of identification and representation. Tavera holds a Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Arts with an Honor Specialization in Visual Arts and a Major in Psychology from Western University. Tavera is currently a visiting scholar and project manager at the Elastic Spaces Multimedia lab at Concordia University.

Laura Acosta creates absurd scenes integrating improvised movement, textile structures and multimedia elements as a way to explore themes of identity and representation. Her audiovisual compositions depict objects or individuals in a constant process of identification, translation or adaptation in order to create ephemeral moments of displacement in both public and private settings. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Fibers and Material Studies from Concordia University, an interdisciplinary Bachelor in Fine Art from NSCAD University, and an advanced diploma in Fine Arts from Fanshawe College. Currently, Laura works at Concordia University as the Head of Costumes in the Theatre Department.

Luis Navarro Del Angel (Mexico city) is a Ph.D. student in New Media and Cultural studies at McMaster University. research is about creating a computer music software inflected by Latinx and Latin American musical expressions derived from political resistance and opposition. Luis expects this software to be an ideology critique of the dominant computer-music world system. Luis' project will connect knowledge and practice from the interdisciplinary fields of critical code studies, new interfaces for musical expression, live coding, and Latin American musicology with the decolonial approaches of border thinking and participatory action research. Social media:

Jessica Rodriguez (Uruapan, Michoacán, México) is a visual and audio artist, designer, and researcher from Mexico. She’s currently doing a Ph.D. in Communication, New Media, and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Canada. Her work focuses on audiovisual practices including live coding to produce a language for live visual music. She is the co-founder of Andamio, a collaboration platform that collides technologies with practices mixing text, visuals, and sound, and she collaborated with composers, writers, designers, and other visual artists to explore practices such as visual music, electronic literature, video experimentation, live coding.


Claudia Arana is an independent curator, arts administrator, and cultural connector who has instilled in her practice the construction of virtual and physical artistic platforms that promote inclusion of different cultural perspectives. She aims to promote socially and politically viable artistic practices through the engagement of physical and digital spaces that explore the fluid notions of kinship, memory, radicalization and global migration. She studied Art Theory and Critical Thinking at the School of Visual Arts as well as Advanced Critique at the International Centre of Photography in New York City. Claudia Arana is the Curator of the ArtworkxTO Cultural Hub in Etobicoke for 2021 Toronto’s Year of Public Art and the current Operations Manager at Sur Gallery, Toronto's first gallery space dedicated to promoting contemporary Latin American artistic practices.


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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Fri noon-6:00PM

Sat 11AM-5PM


100-39 Queens Quay East, Toronto

Sur Gallery also acknowledges its partner Mayworks Festival as well as its funders the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and The City of Toronto through section 37.

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