Online Studio Critiques

The Online Studio Critiques invites internationally renowned curators to critique the work of mid-career Latin American artists from Canada. Artists will present their work followed by questions by the curator who will give constructive feedback.

Cecilia Fajardo-Hill reviews the artwork of artist Claudia Bernal.  June 24th 2021.

Cecilia Fajardo-Hill reviews the artwork of artist Maria Ezcurra.  June 24th 2021.


CECILIA FAJARDO-HILL is a British/Venezuelan art historian and curator in modern and contemporary art, specializing in Latin American art based in Southern California. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Essex, England, and an MA in 20th Century Art History from the Courtauld Institute ofArt, London, England. She was the chief curator and vice-president of Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of Latin American Art, MOLAA in Long Beach; the director and chief curator of the Cisneros Fontana ls Arts Foundation (CIFO)and the Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, Miami, USA, and the director ofSala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela. Fajardo-Hill has curated and written extensively on contemporary Latin American art. She was co-curator of Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, the Hammer Museum, 2017, and presently is co-curator of Xican-a.o.x. Body, a touring exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts, 2022.  She is editor of the upcoming books Remains Tomorrow: Themes in Contemporary Latin American Abstraction, on post 90s abstraction in Latin America, and is co-editor of a publication on 20th and 21st–century Guatemalan art, an initiative of Arte GT 20/21. In Spring 2020, Fajardo-Hill was a Fellow Visiting Research Scholar in the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS) and Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University, and presently is Visiting Scholar at the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA, Los Angeles. In 2020, she received the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and will be a Clark Fellow in residence at the Clark ArtInstitute, Williamstown in fall of 2021. 

Photo: Chisa Hughes


MARIA EZCURRA is a Latina-Canadian artist, educator, researcher and mother. She has participated in numerous exhibitions world wide, including the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, the Carl Freedman Gallery in the UK, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Sur Gallery and Nuit Blanche in Toronto. She has also developed and facilitated diverse public, participatory and community art projects in diverse contexts. Ezcurra has been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the National System of Art Creators in Mexico and was awarded the Prix de la Diversité en Arts Visuels by the Conseil des arts de Montréal. She obtained a PhD in Art Education at Concordia University, and has taught art at universities and organizations in Mexico and Canada over the past 20 years. Founder and art facilitator of the McGill Art Hive Initiative, she has also developed diverse community and public art projects. Her areas of research are participatory art practices; dress and gendered embodiment; memory, identity, belonging and immigration. 

Photo: Juan Carlos Fernandez

CLAUDIA BERNAL immigrated to Quebec in 1991 and completed her MA in French Linguistics at Laval University. She graduated in 1999 with a B.A. in Visual Arts/ Creation at the University of Quebec and is currently a PhD student in the Arts faculty at UQAM as well as a post-graduate student in Theâtre at UQÀM with a focus on installation and performance. Claudia Bernal has developed a fragmentation approach to urban space, raising issues on its impact on society and culture, and touches on concepts of movement, migration, space, and identity. As an interdisciplinary artist, she has presented collective and solo exhibitions at: the National Art Gallery Tokyo (2019); Instituto Cervantes, Tokyo (2019); Casona de los Olivera exhibition (Buenos Aires); Gachet Gallery (Vancouver); A Space Gallery (Toronto); Diagonale (Montreal); Maison de la Culture Frontenac (Montreal); Galería Universal (Santiago de Cuba); Museo del Chopo and Museo de la Ciudad de México (Mexico); La Casa de las Américas (Barcelona and Madrid); among many others. 

Photo: Claudia Bernal

En passant, encore, 2021, installation composed of deconstructed shoes and nylon thread. CUISINETA VILLE : LE GRAND VOYAGE / ATSA, Place des Festivals, Montreal. Image courtesy of the artist. 

Photo: Juan Carlos Fernandez

Claudia Bernal, Le temps d'être, 2019, installation and performance. AgoraHydro-Québec, Montreal. Photo by Adriana Cruz Garcia. Image courtesy of the artist.

Sur Gallery acknowledges its funders the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario ArtsCouncil, Toronto Arts Council, and The City of Toronto through section 37. This program, offered as part of the HORIZON initiative, is supported by an Open Door grant from theToronto ArtsCouncil.

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