Across the lines
Estela López Solís et Camila Vásquez
Curator : Claudia Arana
It is with immense pleasure that we welcome Claudia Arana as our guest curator commissaire for the Rivers of Light art exhibition this year.
Across the lines is a visual art exhibition comprised of documents related to artworks, artefacts and performative actions previously exhibited and produced by two Latin American Artists, Estela López Solís and Camila Vásquez, both of them based in Quebec.
In selecting the images and artefacts for this exhibition the artists, along with the curator, consulted documents from their research, process and exhibition documentation. For this exhibition, Art-making as documentation means that the pieces and imagery are not only presented as a memory, but as tangible facts extended into new contexts.
Camila Vásquez - Roots are important
Camila's project Les racines sont importantes // Roots are important, establishes the concept of roots, as curved, complex lines embedded in nature, animals, vegetables and human activity in the first organic certified farm in Quebec, Ferme Sanders. In a system of people, technology and natural environments, her project connects to the idea of sustainable and conscious agriculture, as an act of resistance to the capitalist system and polluting agriculture that is destructive of the environment.
Estela López Solís - Silences
Estela's series Silences consists of hand-embroidered textile pieces, whose raw material contain phrases collected during various conversations within the framework of Hantises and Tellement peur, two performative works. In her work, thread acts as a structure of dynamic lines that creates words, amplifying the voice of those who shared her these words and phrases. She sews these on delicate fabric, creating sculptural gestures that are both subtle and resilient at the same time.
DATE from Thursday the 26th of September
PLACE Café général
74 rue Alexandre, Sherbrooke
TIME 8am - 4pm
DATE Wednesday 25th of September
PLACE Café général
TIME 4 - 6pm
About the artists
Estela López Ortís
Estela López Solís was born in 1978 in Mexico, where she studied visual arts. Her artistic research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the possibility of revealing - without betraying - the intimate and secret realities that connect us with others. Her work has been supported by various cultural institutions in Canada, France and Mexico (CALQ and CAC, among others). Her drawings interact with poetic texts in various publications, notably in Daniel Canty's novel Wigrum (La Peuplade, Saguenay, 2011 and Talonbooks, Vancouver, 2013). Her work has been shown in Mexico, Quebec, France and the United States and is part of various public and private collections. Estela López Solís lives and works in the Eastern Townships.Unis.
Camila Vasquez lives and works in the Eastern Townships. She holds a Master's degree in Visual and Media Arts from UQAM (2010) and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Chile in Santiago. She has participated in several advanced training courses in various fields (performance, contemporary dance, singing, photography, printmaking). Her career includes solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Chile and Quebec.
Claudia Arana is a professional curator specialising in accessible, community-engaged projects. She studied Art Theory and Critical Thinking at the School of Visual Arts and Advanced Critique at the International Centre of Photography, both in New York. In Canada, she has established a unique curatorial practice, with work oriented to diverse socio-political spectrum in the Canadian context. In the past three years, she has worked with newcomer artists, artists of African American backgrounds and artists who identify as visible minorities, providing a viable and inclusive platform on behalf of government and non-profit organisations.