Carlos Colín: Panoply of Possibilities

Tanúyap Project Space, Fazakas Gallery, 688 East Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
November 8 – December 22, 2018



Fazakas Gallery is pleased to present Panoply of Possibilities, a new body of work by Mexican artist, Carlos Colín. The term panoply is used to describe a splendid and impressive collection of things that is, or aims to be, complete. In this series, Colín uses Baroque concepts like metonymy, ellipsis, and hyperbole to explore how the meaning and reception of words and artefacts can be altered. By performatively “indigenizing” objects, Colín calls into question the representation, meaning and value of Indigenous objects in the context of anthropological collections.

The works in Panoply of Possibilities are made from found tools, intended for specific uses, which the artist transforms into artworks and weapons simultaneously. A pool cue is sharpened, wrapped and decorated with feathers, transforming it into a spear. Colín’s choice of objects to transform, mainly sports equipment, is suggestive of the pageantry and ritual aspects of sports events and reveals the close relationship of games to hunting techniques. Displayed on the wall like a museological artefact, the object is neither useful as a spear, nor a pool cue, and instead becomes an object of intellectual speculation.


Carlos Colín was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1980 and grew up in Mexico City. His practice aims explore how ‘art’ can create links between Latin American societies and its diasporas by looking at how artists use local knowledge, realities, and histories in social resistance as new expressions of social and cultural progress. Colín holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the National School of Fine Art in Mexico City, and a second MFA from the University of British Columbia. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC where his research explores the manifestations of baroque as a colonial legacy in Latin America and its diasporas. Colín was awarded the 2016 Emerging Artist Mayor’s Arts Awards for the City of Vancouver in Visual Arts; the 2017 Artist Studio Award Program; and the Canada Council grant to the Research and Create component in 2018. His work has been shown at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Gallery 1515, Vancouver; and La Boligoma Art Gallery, Mexico City.