Panel to examine challenges faced by immigrant artists

Latin American Artists in Toronto: Immigrants and Artists at Work, the second CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre seminar on issues related to immigrants and the arts, will feature three panellists.

The seminar will take place Tuesday, March 23, from 12:30 to 2pm, in the fifth floor Conference Centre of the York Research Tower, Keele campus.

York environmental studies Professor Deborah Barndt, co-ordinator of the Community Arts Practice (CAP) Certificate at York, will moderate the panel discussion along with York sociology Professor Luin Goldring (right), a Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean (CERLAC) Fellow.

Rodrigo Barreda, secretary of the Latin American Canadian Art Projects Board of Directors; York fine arts cultural studies Professor Alberto Guevara; and Elia Mayahuel Tecozautla (MA ’09), a York dance alumna, will be the panellists who reflect on their work as artists in Canada.

Among the topics they will discuss are:

  • challenges faced by Latin American artists working in the arts sector;
  • how artists negotiate their identities in their artistic production processes;
  • the role of funding bodies and gallery practices in shaping “immigrant art”;
  • how artists develop an esthetic in the context of Canadian multicultural policy;
  • contrasts between artistic production cultures “here” and “there”.

The seminar is free and open to everyone. It is presented by CERIS, CAP and York’s Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean.

RSVP to or call 416-946-3110.