Dos Mundos Arts: Imaginary Homelands at AGYU
Tomorrow night is the opening of a new exhibit at York University’s Art Gallery entitled ‘Imaginary Homelands”. This exhibit is the result of a 3-year residency with Colombian artists Carlos Bonil, Nicolás Consuegra, Miler Lagos, Mateo López, Mateo Rivano, María Isabel Rueda, Daniel Santiago, Angélica Teuta, and Icaro Zorbar, who’s purpose was to explore the idea of being in two places at the same time, in this case Bogota, Colombia and Toronto, Canada. This fictionalized mid-point, is the Imaginary Homeland.
The challenge for the artists was to imagine themselves both ‘from’ one place and ‘in’ another. The idea being that the artists bring a different cultural context to their work but must translate their art using their concept of the locals and using local materials. The final exhibit showcases artwork that could only be created and could only exist thanks to the creation of this artistic dialogue. Currated by AGYU assistant director/curator Emelie Chhangur, Imaginary Homelands runs from September 12 to December 4.
GET ON THE BUS!
Sadly, these Imaginary Homelands exist on the other side of an imaginary border. Here is where the performance bus to the gallery opening departs. While on the bus, people attending must bring their papers, face questioning and possible detention if they do not comply with border inspection.
The Performance Bus is free, departs OCADU (100 McCaul St.) at 6 pm sharp, and returns downtown at 9 pm and features artist Miles Collyer. The bus will make one stop on its return, at WATUSI (110 Ossington Ave) for the after-party featuring DJs Ulysses Castellano and Mateo Rivano.