Bio / Statement

Carlos Colín was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1980.  He grew up in Mexico City, and has been living and working in Vancouver, BC, Canada since 2011. Carlos studied his undergraduate program in Visual Communication and Design (2000-2004), and a Master’s of Fine Arts at the National School of Fine Art (UNAM) (2009-2011), in Mexico City. In 2011, he traveled to Vancouver to pursue a second Master’s of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia – UBC (2011-2013). At present, he is a PhD candidate student in an Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC where he combine research and art practice. Carlos was recently awarded the Mayor’s City of Vancouver’s Awards for emerging visual artist 2016 nominated by Dana Claxton.

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As a Latin American artist, my research and practice allows me to investigate and inquire about how our everyday life, mostly in Mexico, is reflected and affected by elements and patterns of political, religious, social, and cultural activities since colonial times. One of my primary focuses is baroque concepts in our Latin American region and how contemporary art in the XXI century manifests the inconvenient heritages of baroque.

The research that allows me to sustain my artistic and theoretical production is through local and marginal perceptions and knowledge, realities, history, social movements and struggles, resistances and subversions as expressions and didactics towards socio-cultural-political expressions. My research topics explore and connect the core cultural (popular and artistic), social, theoretical, political, religious, historical and contemporary manifestations, juxtaposed with the manifestations of baroque as colonial legacy and ballast in contemporary Mexico, and by extension in Latin America. My areas of research include Latin American Art, Latin American History, Art History, Anthropology, Contemporary Art, and systems of Indigenous knowledge production. In this way, I consider that art and society can forge new forms of cultural knowledge through locality, which continues to create an expanded field in Latin American art.

In addition, as a Latin American artist living and working in Vancouver, BC, Canada since 2011 my theoretical research and artistic practice are about how art can create links between Latin American societies and its diasporas, mostly in relation to Mexico, creating new forms of art and interpretations of Latin American heritage. One of the goals of my research is to encourage new generations in Latin America, Canada, and abroad to be exposed to Latin American theories, culture, and knowledge in order to better understand and value the wealth and diversity of Mexico and Latin America as a region.