Strike a Chord
April 13, 2017 - June 03, 2017
STRIKE A CHORD
April 13, 2017 – June 3, 2017
Curated by Tamara Toledo
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7-10pm
Remarks and Artist Talk: 8pm
Performance by Claudia Bernal: 8:30pm
To ‘strike a chord’ is to create or trigger an emotional negative or positive response to an action. In this exhibition, artists respond to times of peril and violence: they retaliate with protest, search for healing, all while conjuring an atmosphere of resistance. At times when our role as citizens seem to ever more bluntly demonstrate that actions need to be taken in order for there to be change, Montreal-based artist Claudia Bernal, Toronto-based artists —Coco Guzmán, Julieta María and David Constantino Salazar— use performance, video, installation, sculpture and drawing to position themselves as activists in a society that has revealed its ultra-right wing ideology.
Artists in Strike a Chord present multiple perspectives and offer various tools to activate social integrity, social justice, and respect. While both Bernal and Guzmán tackle performance and drawing as change catalysts and see the power of individuals capable of redefining the course of history through memory and action, Salazar reveals the vulnerability we all share and the obstacles that expose our precarious lives. María offers a comforting and nurturing encounter with our mothers, revealing our instinctive nature to survive despite sentiments of fear and isolation lingering in the world today. During times of uncertainty and anxiety, it is artists who create meaning and a sense of purpose when all else seems to be crumbling. Artists raise their voices; they elicit and provoke those who do not want to change and strike something within all of us.
This exhibition is co-presented by Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts
CLAUDIA BERNAL is a Montreal-based interdisciplinary artist and researcher. She holds a B.A. in Visual Arts/ Creation (UQAM, 1999) and an MA in theater (UQAM, 2015), and is currently pursuing a PhD in Études et Pratiques des arts (studies and practices of arts) at UQAM. The concepts of movement, migration, space, identity, are recurrent themes in her work. Bernal has presented solo and collective exhibitions in museums, artists run centers, galleries, theaters and public spaces in Canada, Europe and Latin America. She has performed in public spaces in Paris, Brussels, Vienna, Prague, Istanbul and Toronto. Her artworks are part of the collection of Banque Nationale du Canada, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Cirque du Soleil, and the MÉMORIA foundation, among others. She has earned many grants such as Fonds de recherche du Québec- Société et culture, Canada Council for the Arts, The Conseil des arts et de lettres du Québec and Université du Québec à Montréal, among many others.
Born and raised in Spain, COCO GUZMAN is a Toronto-based artist who explores multiple narratives through drawing. Coco obtained an MA in Comparative Literature in Paris while engaging in queer and anarchist activism, and pursued a BA at the Fine Arts School in Toulouse. Guzmán has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Quebec Arts Council. Guzmán’s work has been shown internationally in America, Europe and Asia. Recent exhibitions include the International Bienal of Quebec City, Montreal Arts Interculturels, AGO First Thursdays in Toronto and CentroCentro in Madrid. In addition, Coco´s artwork has appeared in specialized magazines and publications (HB, InterArts, Oxford University Press) and is the illustrator of Telling Our Stories, OCASI graphic novel against sexual violence written by newcomer and refugee women.
JULIETA MARIA is a Toronto based media artist with an MFA from York University. She has participated in several international screenings and exhibitions, including Museo Banco de la República in Colombia (2016), Asunción Biennial in Paraguay (2015), Artist Village Taipei (2014), Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo in Montevideo (2013), Images Festival (2012), Scope Basel in Switzerland (2010), the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in Colombia (2009), and the Interactiva Biennale in Mexico (2009), among others. For the past few years, María has worked in the field of media arts as a facilitator, teaching workshops in video production, video editing, interactive video and digital story telling. She has also co-curated several Internet and media exhibitions, including Vozavoz at YYZ in Toronto (2015) and the Symposium of Decolonial Aesthetics at the University of Toronto (2013). Julieta María is co-founder of e-Fagia Visual and Media Art Organization in Toronto.
DAVID CONSTANTINO SALAZAR is a Toronto based artist. Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador Salazar immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of two. He has participated in over twenty group exhibitions in Canada and abroad and has been commissioned to do public art for Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro, Nuit Blanche, Toronto and First Capital Realty Inc., Georgetown. Salazar divides his time between Toronto and Brazil with his wife and their son.
LACAP acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), Business for the Arts and Friends of the Pan Am Path. LACAP also gratefully acknowledges the support of its volunteers; its corporate sponsors: Underline Studio, See Through Web, and Techmien; our presenting partner Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, our community partners: aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto; and Pix Film Productions.