(Image: Contras from La otra Escuela (Fan College Apparel), T-shirts, 2018, courtesy of the artist)
This new series of work by Mexican Canadian artist Carlos Colin that merges symbols of Latin American conceptualism art style and Latin American colonialist history, past and present, and its diaspora. Working with archives, books, footage, and audio material related to Latin American history, creating a document based on photographs, text and/or audio that contributes to the art exhibition with parallels between, arts, politics, religion, and society.
Carlos Colín was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1980 and grew up in Mexico City. His practice aims explore how ‘art’ can create links between Latin American societies and its diasporas by looking at how artists use local knowledge, realities, and histories in social resistance as new expressions of social and cultural progress. Colín holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the National School of Fine Art in Mexico City, and a second MFA from the University of British Columbia. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC where his research explores the manifestations of baroque as a colonial legacy in Latin America and its diasporas. Colín was awarded the 2016 Emerging Artist Mayor’s Arts Awards for the City of Vancouver in Visual Arts; the 2017 Artist Studio Award Program; and the Canada Council grant to the Research and Create component in 2018. His work has been shown at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Gallery 1515, Vancouver; and La Boligoma Art Gallery, Mexico City.