EXTRACOLONIAL: Reflections for Action brings together a group of Indigenous and Latin American artists—Ulysses Castellanos, Monica Gutierrez Quintero, Yoshua Okón, and Onaman Collective—whose works examine the relationship between extractivism and colonialism as they have impacted the history of the Americas. These works propose alternate activist models to address the sustained systems of inequality seeded in the legacy of natural resource exploitation, including the uneven movement of capital, expropriation of Indigenous lands, deterioration of the natural landscape, and instances of civil unrest. Responding to global calls for action, the artists in this exhibition offer new points of entry into a series of complex causes and histories centered on the commodification of natural wealth. Looking beyond policy and approaching art as activism, their works expose systems of oppression, putting forward strategies to undermine extractive profiteering.

Guest curated by Claudia Mattos and Noor Alé

Read exhibition essay here


Latin American Speakers Series: Yoshua Okón

Thursday, February 13, 7PM at Vtape, 401 Richmond St W Suite 452 In partnership with Vtape

Curator Tour with Noor Alé:

Saturday, March 7, 3-4PM

Exhibition Tour with Gerald McMaster:

Saturday, April 4, 3-4PM

Sur Gallery is Toronto's first gallery space dedicated to the exhibition and critical engagement of contemporary Latin American Art and is a project of LACAP.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and The City of Toronto through section 37. Sur Gallery also acknowledges its partner Vtape.



The Day Everything Became Nothing

Gran Colombia Gold

Protest Posters

About the Artists

Yoshua Okón

Ulysses Castellanos

Monica Gutierrez

Onaman Collective

Exhibition Tours

Exhibition Tour with Dana Prieto

Curator Tour with Noor Ale

 Exhibition Views 

About the Curators

Noor Alé

Claudia Mattos

Using Format