September 19–November 30, 2019
Exhibition will take place in two spaces:
Sur Gallery: 39 Queens Quay East, Suite 100
George Brown College School of Design: Artscape Daniels Launchpad, 3 Lower Jarvis Street, Gallery adjacent to Auditorium, Room 240
Opening Reception at Sur Gallery: Thursday, September 19, 6-8PM
The exhibition tackles the dark period in history marked by United States interventions in Latin America. Oppressive regimes from the south are explicitly linked to corrupt governments of the north through installations by artists Omar Estrada, Voluspa Jarpa and Iván Navarro as they capture events that may well be repeated in the future. Jarpa’s installations reflect on the nature of the archive, on memory and the cultural notion of trauma. Navarro presents a video performance that comments on the collective psychological trauma of his native country, Chile, combining the visual representation of power with aspects of resistance and memory. Finally, Estrada exposes information about Condor Operation —a non-declared war of state terror and political repression across Latin America supported by the CIA in the context of the Cold War. The artists in the exhibition work with testimonials and declassified archives as we not only witness but become complicit of a hidden history. By referencing the dynamics of the Cold War, the artists’ works will allow for a continuous and ongoing discussion around responsibility and accountability.
Curated by Tamara Toledo
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
OMAR ESTRADA is a Cuban artist who works with interdisciplinary installation, sound, video, interactivity, and narrative text. His artwork explores the tensions between art, science and technology in the context of social structures, questioning the validity of political and cultural knowledge as absolute. Since 1983, Estrada has had solo exhibitions in Cuba, the Caribbean, South America and North America and has shown his work in exhibitions in Cuba, France, Spain, Korea, Canada and the USA. Most recent exhibitions are at the Curitiba Biennial, Brazil (2017), Havana Biennial (2015), the Asuncion Biennial, Paraguay (2015), and the Caribbean Triennial in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2010). Estrada received his MFA from the University of the Arts (ISA) in Havana, Cuba. He has taught art at the bachelor and masters degree level for more than 20 years and is based in Toronto.
VOLUSPA JARPA is a Chilean artist. Solo exhibitions include: Cuerpo político: archivos públicos y secretos at the Gabriela Mistral Gallery of the Universidad de Chile (2017); En nuestra pequeña región de por acá at the MALBA, Buenos Aires (2017); and L’effet Charcot at La Maison de l’Amerique Latine in Paris (2010). She has participated in many international exhibitions including: the 12th Shanghai Biennial curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina (2018-2019), The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin at the Jewish Museum, New York (2017); Resistance Performed – Aesthetic Strategies under Repressive Regimes in Latin America, at the Migros Museum, Zurich (2016); La No-Historia, Biennial of Mercosul, Porto Alegre (2011 – 2015), the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); the 8th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre; the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial (2014); The Artistic Experience of History, State University of Rio de Janeiro (2013); and Dislocation at the Kunst Museum of Bern (2009); among others. Jarpa’s works are in collections of the MALBA, Buenos Aires; LARA Foundation, Singapore; Kadist Foundation, San Francisco; Rabobank Collection, Eindhoven; Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago; and Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas. She received the Illy sustain Art Prize in 2012 during ARCO in Madrid, Spain. Voluspa Jarpa is the selected artist to represent Chile in the 58th Venice Biennial.
IVAN NAVARRO is based in New York. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Art and Space, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain (2018); Una Guerra Silenciosa e Imposible, CorpArtes Foundation, Santiago, Chile (2015); Under the Same Sun, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); This Land is Your Land, Madison Square Park, New York, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC, and North Park Center, Dallas, TX (2014 - 2016); 299 792 458 m/s, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea (2014); Where is the Next War? Daniel Templon Gallery, Paris (2013); Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, and CorpArtes, Santiago, Chile (2013 - 2016); Iván Navarro: Fluorescent Light Sculptures, Frost Museum of Art, Miami (2012); the Prospect.2 Biennial, New Orleans (2011); HomeLessHome, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel (2010); Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris (2009); Threshold, Chilean Pavilion, Aresnal, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); among others. Navarro’s work is held in permanent public and private collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA), Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), Towner Contemporary Art Museum, (Eastbourne, UK), LVMH Collection (Paris), Saatchi Collection (London), Martin Z. Margulies Warehouse (Miami), and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).