Z’otz* Collective: “Mulling over the Scenery” & Carlos Colín: “Embroideries”

The Z’otz* Collective: Mulling over the Scenery and 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.

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Z'otz* Collective Biographies
Erik Jerezano was born in Mexico City in 1973. He is a self-taught artist who has exhibited in galleries and artist-run centres across Canada and Mexico. He has been awarded grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and his work was purchased for the Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts. He was involved in community arts projects in Mexico City, where he collaborated on outdoor murals. Jerezano’s drawings have been compared to sumi-e paintings (an Asian brush and ink painting style) because of his tools and media. His work lives in a world where the eye is constantly deceiving us yet does so apologetically, where the naivety of the pen and simplicity of paper is taken with grave seriousness. The indescribable softness of the (often) ironic reflexivity of Jerezano’s work binds together the two places where he has been shaped the most culturally: Mexico City and Toronto. 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.
Carlos Colín Biography
Carlos Colín Carlos Colín was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1980. He grew up in Mexico City, and have been living and working between Mexico City and Vancouver, BC, Canada since 2011. He studied his undergraduate program in Visual Communication and Design (2000-2004), and a Master’s of Fine Arts at the National School of Fine Art (UNAM) (2009-2011), in Mexico City. In 2011, Carlos traveled to Vancouver to pursue a second Master’s of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia – UBC (2011-2013). At present, he is a PhD candidate in an Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC where I combine research and art practice. Carlos’ research explores and connects the manifestations of baroque as a colonial legacy in Latin America and its diasporas. Since 2013, Carlos Colín is represented by Fazakas Gallery in Vancouver. He has participated in the Galería de la Raza in San Francisco in 2018; the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 2015; Satellite Gallery and Back Gallery Project in Vancouver, BC in 2013; Biennial of Painting Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City in 2011. In 2016, Carlos was awarded with the Mayor’s Arts Awards of the City of Vancouver as Emerging Artist in the category of Visual Arts, nominated by the renowned visual artist Dana Claxton.

Arnica gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia, the Canada Council for the Arts,
which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country, the BC Arts Council,
the Kamloops Arts Commission, and TRU Student Union.