Z’otz* Collective: “Mulling over the Scenery” & Carlos Colín: “Embroideries”
The Z’otz* Collective (Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano, Ilyana Martínez) examine Latin American immigrant experiences of displacement, transition and transformation, inviting community to participate in the generation of new stories. Z’otz* Collective works as an intuitive symbiotic unit who will create an ephemeral drawing installation in Arnica along with the exhibition of works on paper and terra cotta sculptures in found nichos. They are intrigued by the idea of a niche as a space “in which to nest”, a place to incubate, collect, investigate, and share stories. The three-day installation and their workshop seek to include community members in the process of creation, through discussion and collecting found objects for the gallery installation and, secondly, in the workshop to explore cultural hybridity and collaborative myth re-making.
Z’otz* is the Mayan word for “bat”
As a Latin American artist living and working in Vancouver, and an interdisciplinary PhD candidate at UBC, Carlos Colín’s research is about how “art” can create links between Latin American societies and their diasporas, mostly in relation to Mexico. Colín seeks to connect the core cultural, theoretical, political, religious, artistic manifestations of baroque as a colonial legacy in contemporary Mexico, and by extension, Latin America, and investigates how artists use local knowledge, realities, and histories in social movements, struggles, resistances and subversions as new expressions of social and cultural progress using language as knowledge. One of the goals of his research is to encourage new generations in Latin America, Canada, and abroad to be exposed to Latin American theories, culture, and knowledge in order to better understand and value the wealth and diversity of Mexico and Latin America as a region.
Nahúm Flores was born in Danlí, Honduras and immigrated to Canada at age 17, after living in Mexico and the US. He holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University. He has been awarded grants from the Pollock–Krasner Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. His paintings and drawing installations have been widely exhibited in Canada and Central America. He was one of six artists to win the Biennale of Visual Art of Honduras in 2006. This year his work was shown in a solo exhibition entitled “The Inheritors”, at the Museum of National Identity in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Growing up in Honduras, Flores was exposed to a mixture of Catholic and Indigenous beliefs reflected in daily life. The syncretism of its traditions, and its social and environmental issues has affected his perception of life, and in turn, how he depicts the world around him. His mixed media work is a fusion of drawing and matter that is intuitively processed. This mode of working gives voice to his subconscious, resulting in expressive figures and amorphous forms. Although scenes depicted are often bleak, they also reflect his sense of humour.
Ilyana Martínez was born in Toronto and grew up in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and majored in Drawing and Painting at the Ontario College of Art & Design. She also studied art and design in Italy, Switzerland, and England. She has been involved in design endeavours with prominent museums such the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Drumheller), and the National Museum of Art (Mexico City). Ilyana is a recipient of numerous awards for her drawings and paintings, among these, from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. She has attended artist residencies in Ohio, British Columbia, Mexico, Croatia and Serbia. Her work conjures up places of line, gesture and colour, where contrasting worlds of the urban and the natural coexist and sustain one another to create alternate possibilities. The drawings are layered environmental maps: of the built, of the uncovered, and of the imagined.