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Ulysses Castellanos, Retratos Desaparecidos (Disappeared Portraits), Mixed media, 2009

Bringing Down Our Dead

Juana Awad, Julian Calleros, Ulysses Castellanos, Rita Kamacho, Arlan Londono, Jesus Mora, Z’otz* Collective

Main Gallery

October 30 – December 12, 2009

Curated by: Amelia Jiménez

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Performances start at 7:30pm

Recently, museums and galleries have shown an interest in the colourful syncretism of the Day of the Dead celebration, focusing on the traditional and folkloric aspects of the ritual. Bringing Down Our Dead departs from that approach, offering a contemporary expression of the ritual, while reflecting the political and social beliefs of our times. The artists’ works — painting, video, performance, and installation — pay tribute to the memory of the departed, and they also denounce violence, voice concerns, and record everyday events. The approaches taken by the artists are informed by their individual experiences as well as by the ways in which contemporary issues both reflect and deflect from those experiences.


Juana Awad’s videos have been screened in Belgium, France, Canada, Holland, and the UK. She has performed at numerous festivals, and most recently starred in Setareh Delzendeh’s play Less Than a Half. Juana has an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, and a degree in Drama and Semiotic Theory from the University of Toronto.

Amelia Jiménez studied at the Catholic University of Chile, the Ontario College of Art, and Studio Camnitzer in Italy. Her multidisciplinary works have been exhibited in Chile, Canada, Germany, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, Serbia, and Cuba. She has curated exhibitions of Latin American artists for Harbourfront Centre, Gallery 1313, Propeller Centre for the Arts, and A Space Gallery.

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