In this essay, I reflect on the condition of Latin American modern and contemporary art in Canada through my personal experiences in the field. I employ autobiography to narrate my encounters with the category Latin American art as I immigrated from Mexico to Canada as an art student (1999), followed by a move from the east to the west coast of the country where I became involved with the art collective AKA, based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish, otherwise known as Vancouver, British Columbia (2012 -2017). Following an overview of the broad question of identity in Latin American art and a discussion on three flows of Latin American migration to the region, I examine the conflicting relationship with Latin American art amongst AKA’s members. In the process, I contemplate how the vexed question of identity is inseparable from my work and experiences as a feminist artist and scholar. Finally, I offer some reflections on the overall lack of institutional interest in modern and contemporary Latin American art in Vancouver.
Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture
Encounters with “Latin American Art” in Canada From Toronto to Vancouver, 1999–2021
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