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.