Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo

Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo: Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation

November 10 - December 21

Artist Talk: November 10 12:30, TRU Old Main 1494
Reception: November 10 6:30

Arnica Artist-Run Centre is pleased to present the exhibition: Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation by Vancouver-based artist Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo.

Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation is a collection of mixed-media drawings, stop-motion animations, and a sawdust tapestry—all of which characterize a broad and interdisciplinary approach to drawing. Castillo’s works generate personal mythic narratives that explore the contemporary social realities of collective memory, historical trauma, and cultural identity. He draws on imagery from a multitude of sources, including pre-Colombian mythology, Salvadoran folklore, and iconography from both the past and present to embody a common struggle with a conflicted history.

Castillo’s works often depict the human body as both a symbol and site for trauma, which invokes the experiences of political conflict in El Salvador during Castillo’s early youth. He was born and raised during the El Salvador civil war in the 1980s and, in lieu of this conflict, his family immigrated to Canada in 1989. Castillo describes the period as a time of “personal and collective experience of war and loss,” which carried with it a lasting and resonating impact on Salvadoran identity and collective experience.

After immigrating to Canada, Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo grew to pursue art in post-secondary education and has since obtained his MFA from Concordia University. Castillo has exhibited in numerous shows across Canada and the United States, as well as in Berlin.

Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation will be at Arnica Artist-Run Centre from November 10 to December 21.

Please contact Arnica’s gallery coordinator at arnicaarc@gmail.com for more information.

Arnica Artist-Run Centre gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of The Province of British Columbia, The Hamber Foundation, and the City of Kamloops Arts Commission.