Life In Flight
March 08, 2018 - April 14, 2018
Sur Gallery in partnership with Myseum Intersections Festival presents Life In Flight
March 8 – April 14, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 8, 2018 7-10PM
Remarks and Artist Talk: 8PM
Curator Tour: Thursday, April 5, 2018 1-2PM
Closing Reception: Saturday, April 14, 2018 3-5PM
About the Exhibition
The exhibition alludes to the passing of time and how immigrants constantly carry their past within them. Through photography, video, and digital drawing the artists inhabit movement, expose their past through place and explore the immediacy of time as a tool to address their survival.
For the participating artists, it is a constant struggle to inhabit the present, to conquer spaces and to leave their past behind. An arrival is never completely accomplished and a departure is forever yearned. The search for a place is persistent and unsettling. Through images and sound the artists in Life In Flight expose a state common to many that have made Toronto their home.
The Toronto-based artists explore time as fluctuating from past to present and back, never sequentially, erratic and turbulent, yet delicate and quiet at times. They base their explorations on absence, loss and the fluidity of time as part of a journey experienced through intervals of continual cycles, blurring the lines between what comes first and how things end. They capture a state of relentlessness, confusion and longing all the while encapsulating the beauty and richness within those who are in flight.
About the Artists
LAURA BARRON is a Toronto-based photo- and video-based artist and arts educator. She holds an MFA in visual arts from York University and a BFA in Visual Arts from the National School of Plastic Arts ENAP-UNAM (Mexico). Since 1996 her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She has taught photography in several institutions, including the University of Morelos UAEM (Mexico) and OCAD University in Toronto. Laura’s work belongs to several public and private collections and has been supported by FONCA-CONACULTA in Mexico, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is currently part of the National System of Art Creators in Mexico (SNCA).
GUILLERMINA BUZIO is a Toronto-based artist with a BFA from the National University of Fine Arts in Argentina, a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and an MFA from the OCAD University. As an artist, Buzio has worked with various media including video installation and performance. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. During the past few years, Buzio has been programming for different festivals and venues including: The Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, BIM (Bienal de Arte en Movimiento), Inside Out LGBT Festival, and Colectivo Toronto. She currently teaches Video at the Inside Out LGBT Festival and at OCAD University.
JORGE LOZANO has been working as a film and video art and cultural activist since the 1970’s. Lozano has achieved national and international recognition. His fiction films have been exhibited at the Toronto Film Festival and at the Sundance Film Festival amongst others. His experimental works have been part of international festivals and multiple exhibitions. Lozano is founder of aluCine Toronto Latin Media Festival and has facilitated self-representation video workshops for marginalized Latin and non-Latin youth since 1991 in Canada as well as in Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil. Lozano is currently pursuing his PhD in Visual Arts at York University and is preparing a retrospective of his work in Bogotá, Colombia.
SUSANA REISMAN received a BA in Economics from Wellesley College (Boston, MA) and an MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY). After teaching photography for a number of years, Susana moved to Toronto, where she now dedicates her time to making art and running Circuit Gallery. Reisman’s group and solo exhibitions include Standardizing Nature curated by Anik Glaude (Varley Art Gallery, Markham), On the Surface (Typology Projects, Toronto), More Than Two curated by Micah Lexier (The Power Plant, Toronto), Like-Minded (Plug In ICA, Winnipeg), Selective Affinities (Peak Gallery, Toronto), On the Scale of History (Artcite, Windsor), Photodimensional (MoCP, Chicago), A Sense of Departure (Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock NY), Feria Iberoamericana de Arte: XI Salon CANTV (Galeria CorpBanca, Caracas), and PRC/POV: Photography Now and the Next 30 Years (PRC Gallery, Boston).
LORENA SALOME received her BFA in Integrated Media at OCAD University. Salomé incorporates various technologies in her work and has exhibited in Canada, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Germany and the United States. For the past twelve years Salomé has been facilitating art-based workshops in Canada and Argentina.
About the Curator
TAMARA TOLEDO is a Chilean-born Toronto-based curator, artist and educator, graduate of OCAD University and holds an MFA from York University. Toledo is co-founder of the Allende Arts Festival and of Latin American Canadian Art Projects - LACAP. For over a decade Toledo has curated numerous exhibitions as well as the Latin American Speakers Series for which she has invited internationally renowned contemporary artists and curators to Toronto such as Gerardo Mosquera, Luis Camnitzer, Tania Bruguera, Alfredo Jaar, among many others to articulate and discuss issues of identity and intercultural dynamics in contemporary Latin American art. Toledo has presented her curatorial work at various conferences in Montreal, New York, Vancouver and Toronto as well as written articles on Latin American art for ARM Journal, C Magazine and Fuse. Toledo is presently the Curator of Sur Gallery.