Carlos Colín: La Cintura Cósmica del Sur

April 10 – May 22, 2021
Fazakas Gallery, 688 E Hastings Street Vancouver BC V6A 1R1


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Artist’s statement (English follows)

La Cintura Cósmica del Sur es un proyecto en perene proceso que alude, a partir de ejercicios múltiples de percepción y análisis crítico, indagaciones sobre el concepto de “tradición”, sus transiciones, transformaciones, y paradigmas, y/o las trans-tradiciones en Meshiko (México) y por extensión la región Latinoamericana del Ixachitlan (lo que conocemos como América, en náhuatl). Además, se busca acentuar el conocimiento dinámico de nuestras culturas; no existe una tradición que no sea dúctil y maleable.

La Cintura Cósmica del Sur reside en la producción de obras interdisciplinarias, donde los límites entre lo indígena y lo moderno, lo colonial y decolonial, son dilatados como una evolución obligatoria de las transformaciones multiculturales en el Ixachitlan. Este proyecto de múltiples etapas es caminar el Sur, re-constituir lo “latinoamericano”, que es atiborrado con clichés, y/o estereotipos que polarizan la identidad multinatural, y los multiversos en la región.

El nombre La Cintura Cósmica del Sur, surge de una estrofa de la canción “Canción de Todos” (1969), interpretada por la cantante argentina Mercedes Sosa, donde dice: “Salgo a caminar, por la cintura cósmica del Sur, […]”.

English

La Cintura Cósmica del Sur (The Cosmic Waist of the South) is a project in a perennial process. It alludes to inquiries into the concept of “tradition”, its transitions, transformations, and paradigms, and/or the trans-traditions in Meshiko (Mexico) and by extension the Latin American region of Ixachitlan (aka America, in Nahuatl). Furthermore, it seeks to emphasize the dynamic knowledges of our cultures; there is no tradition that is not ductile and malleable.

La Cintura Cósmica del Sur entails the production of interdisciplinary works, where the boundaries between the Indigenous and the modern, the colonial and the decolonial, are expanded as an obligatory evolution of the multicultural transformations in the Ixachitlan. This multi-stage project is a walk in the Sur (South), re-constituting the “Latin American” vision, which is overloaded with clichés, and/or stereotypes that polarize the multi-natural identity and multiverses of the region.

The name La Cintura Cósmica del Sur, arises from a verse of the song “Canción de Todos” (Everyone’s song) from 1969, performed by the Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa, it says: “I’m going out for a walk, through the cosmic waist of the South, […]”.


 

Carlos Colín (b. 1980) was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Colín grew up in Mexico City where he studied Visual Communication and Design from 2000-2004, and in 2011 he earned his Masters of Fine Arts at the National School of Fine Art in Mexico City. Colín proceeded to complete a second Masters of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia in 2013. His research investigates how contemporary art, artists, and art institutions are involved in current social movements and, by extension, how art contributes to social change and activism in Latin America. As a Latin American artist, Colín brings perspectives on the discourse of how art evolves inside societies, how it finds expressions, how it changes over time, and the implications this has for Latin America.

Watch the exhibition opening and artist talk here. 

See more works by Carlos Colìn here.