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MARCH 2021 ONLINE EXHIBITION
Curated and Designed by Yasmeen Kanaan
In collaboration with Sarah Piché (EAHR)
In a high-key critique of fetishistic commodity culture, Juan Ortiz-Apuy amplifies the addictive and trapping sensation of instant gratification associated with junk-commodity culture through his vibrant and dynamic hand-cut collages.
Costa Rica–born Juan Ortiz-Apuy has lived and worked in Montreal since 2003. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University. Working in his favored techniques of collage and assemblage, he makes art driven by thinking around consumer goods, often employing humor to explore the advertising and media strategies associated with them. His works—which he presents in the form of multimedia installations—draw inspiration from design, art history, and pop culture. His work has been shown in several museums and art centers across Canada as well as abroad, including the Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain (Montreal), Birch Contemporary Gallery (Toronto), OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain (Montréal), ARTSPACE (Peterborough), the Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), the IKEA Museum (Älmhult, Sweden), as well as at MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image in Montreal and Manif d’art 7 in Quebec City. In 2011 he was the beneficiary of the Halifax Regional Municipality Contemporary Visual Art Purchase Program. Upcoming projects include a solo show at Open Space (Victoria), and residencies at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA, USA) and the Zentrum Für Keramik (Berlin). Ortiz-Apuy holds a BFA from Concordia University, where he now teaches, along with a postgraduate diploma from the Glasgow School of Art and an MFA from NSCAD University.
Presented in conjunction EAHR’s third annual Diversifying Academia Library Research Residency, focusing on bibligraphical sources of recent new BIPOC faculty in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Concordia University.
Presented by the Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group (EAHR) with the support of EAHR|Media and the Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories. The EAHR Diversifying Academia Library Research Residency is organized in partnership with Concordia Libraries and supported by the Department of Art History. EAHR’s activities are made possible with the support of The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and the Department of Art History.
Poster Design: Sarah Piché
Editing: Alice Ming Wai Jim
Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal
EAHR'S (pre)existing conditions is currently included in the Royal Society of Canada's creative response to COVID-19 Engaging Creativites: Art in a Pandemic
Given the important role that art and creative research can play in responding to, and helping us understand, the complex issues that have arisen out of the pandemic, the RSC Task Force on COVID-19 established a Working Group to integrate and underscore artistic and other creative responses to this crisis. As part of this initiative, the Working Group has developed a website to exhibit and host creative work in a wide range of disciplines and forms, including music, sound, literature, visual art, theater, performance and media arts, as well as academic writing on the place of creative work in relation to pandemics in both a historic and contemporary context.
“Many of the complex challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to Canadian society are difficult to articulate in everyday terms,” said Sean Caulfield, Chair of the Working Group. “Canadians are confronting feelings of fear, anxiety, isolation and loss on a daily basis, as well as searching for ways to be hopeful and to find strength as the country works through this difficult period of uncertainty. Creative work has a vital role to play in helping to give voice to this side of the pandemic, and provide a deeper understanding and fuller picture of the impact COVID-19 is having on the country.”
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What: Engaging Creativities: Art in the Pandemic is a website that serves as a place to experience creative research related to COVID-19, creating an archive to document this cultural moment, and offering an opportunity to explore new creative practices.
The free online event will be an opportunity for the community to hear from and engage with the artists as they present the wide range of artist disciplines and forms, including music, sound, literature, visual art, theater, performance and media arts, as well as academic writing on the place of creative work in relation to pandemics in both a historic and contemporary context.
Link for the recorded vernissage HERE
Étant donné le rôle important la recherche créative et artistique dans la réponse aux problématiques complexes apparues à la suite de la crise COVID-19 et leur compréhension, la SRC a créé un groupe de travail sur la COVID-19 pour intégrer et mettre en évidence les réponses artistiques et créatives à cette crise. Dans le cadre de cette initiative, un site Web a été conçu afin d’exposer et d’accueillir des travaux créatifs issus d’un large éventail de disciplines et prenant diverses formes, telles que la musique, le son, la littérature, les arts visuels, le théâtre, les spectacles et les arts médiatiques, ainsi que des œuvres écrites universitaires sur la place du travail créatif par rapport aux pandémies, dans un contexte à la fois historique et contemporain.
« Plusieurs des problèmes complexes que la pandémie de la COVID-19 a imposés à la société canadienne sont difficiles à traduire dans notre langage de tous les jours, » souligne Sean Caulfield, président du groupe de travail. « Les Canadiens éprouvent quotidiennement de l’inquiétude, de l’anxiété, de l’isolement et du désarroi, et cherchent à se donner de l’espoir et du courage alors que le pays s’efforce de traverser tant bien que mal cette période d’incertitude. Le travail créatif peut jouer un rôle essentiel en nous aidant à donner voix à ces aspects de la pandémie ainsi qu’à comprendre et à illustrer plus en profondeur l’impact que la COVID-19 a eu sur le pays ».
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Quoi : Mobiliser la créativité : L'art dans la pandémie est un site Web qui sert de plateforme pour la recherche créative liée à la COVID-19, permettant d’archiver et documenter ce moment culturel et offrant une opportunité d'explorer de nouvelles pratiques créatives.
Cet événement gratuit en ligne sera l'occasion pour la communauté d'entendre les artistes et de s'engager avec eux, car ils représentent le large éventail de disciplines et de formes artistiques, y compris la musique, le son, la littérature, les arts visuels, le théâtre, les arts de la scène et les arts médiatiques, ainsi que des travaux universitaires sur la place du travail créatif par rapport aux pandémies dans un contexte à la fois historique et contemporain.
Link pour le Video du Vernissage ICI
EAHR Curatorial Statement: (pre)existing conditions (#earh_isea2020) is a selection of seven projects closely resonating with the ISEA2020 theme of “Why Sentience?” that are part of EAHR’s larger HEAR US NOW! Instagram Project (@eahrconcordia) whose goal was to connect with and support the work of BIPOC artists during this time of uncertainty in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the course of ten weeks June 29 through September, HEAR US NOW! posted weekly submissions of artistic responses to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the urgent call to address ongoing systemic racism and oppression, (pre-)existing conditions, climate change, and social justice activism. With the lockdown, artists did not have physical venues to exhibit their work making the Internet the obvious recourse. During the practice of physical distancing measures, social media also functioned as an important site for sharing videos, news, and information about anti-racist movements. Instagram was chosen because it best conveyed the variances of responses over a ten-week period curated during COVID-19. The Instagram project has transformed into a digital travelling exhibition to continue sharing the work and honouring the voices of BIPOC artists during the crises.
GLOBAL SOUTH WORKING GROUP PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
In partnership with EAHR (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group) and the Department of Art History at Concordia University
Organized by the Global South Working Group in partnership with the Ethnocultural Art Histories Research (EAHR). The Global South Working Group is a research group founded in 2020 that examines the colonial and colonizing implications of the designation “Global South’’ for the transnational study of art history. This event was made possible with the collaboration of Projeto Afro, the Concordia Art History Graduate Students’ Association, the Interuniversity PhD Program in Art History, and the Department of Art History at Concordia University. The Global South Working Group is supported by the Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories.