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October 28, 2021
Artists Alejandro Arauz and Guillermo Trejo share their process and receive feedback from independent curator Noor Alé.
Noor Alé is an independent curator, art historian, and writer. She is the Associate Curator at The Power Plant, Toronto. Her curatorial practice examines the intersections of contemporary art with geopolitics, decolonization, and social justice in the Global South. Alé has contributed to curatorial research, exhibition management, and public programmes at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; and Art Dubai. She holds an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, and a BA in Art History from the University of Guelph.
Alongside Claudia Mattos she co-founded AXIS, an independent curatorial laboratory dedicated to exhibiting socially-engaged contemporary art. Their most recent exhibitions include EXTRACOLONIAL: Reflections for Action, Sur Gallery, Toronto; and LAW & (DIS)ORDER, Vtape, Toronto. She was awarded curatorial residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and the Shanghai Curators Lab.
Alejandro Arauz born in Managua, Nicaragua is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brantford and Kingston Ontario. Alejandro explores issues of identity, diaspora and transplantation through the vernacular of print media, performance and video. Digital applications allow Alejandro to create bridges between mediums to expand on the lineage of his imagery. His versatile print-based practice emerged to call inclusivity, hybridity, heterogeneity, and authorship into question. Print terms like transfers, pressure, states, matrix, substratum, and printing press are reconsidered. As a result, methods like ‘Print Performance’ emerged, with the intention to embody both the print process and content. Alejandro is particularly interested in the Latin American Diaspora within Canada and the USA. He earned his Honors BFA from the University of Windsor and an MFA from Louisiana State University. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout Ontario, as well as in California, Louisiana, Minneapolis, and other US states. He has received numerous exhibition awards and creative research grants to fund his studio production. Alejandro is presently the Undergraduate Chair of the BFA Program at Queen’s University and the Print Media instructor.
See more of Alejandro's work here.
Guillermo Trejo is a Mexican/Canadian Artist based in Ottawa. He completed his BFA at the National School of Painting Sculpture and Engraving in Mexico City with a specialization in printmaking and moved to Canada in 2007. The experience of immigration and distance has shaped Trejo's work. Since moving to Ottawa, he has earned an MFA from the University of Ottawa and has been an active member of the artistic community. He has exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Galerie Saw Gallery, and other artist-run centres across the country as well as in Europe and Mexico. Trejo has worked as a research consultant for the National Gallery of Canada. He also teaches at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA).
See more of Guillermo's work here.