Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture


Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation

July 28 - September 9, 2017

Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo will construct a sawdust tapestry using methods from traditional religious celebrations in Central America. The El Salvador-born artist then asks visitors to participate in the tapestry's erasure throughout the exhibition. Ramirez Castillo sees it as an opportunity for viewers to subvert the power of political and cultural icons. The floor tapestry refers to ancient cultural practice and converging local tradition.
Ramirez Castillo uses his personal experience to inform visual language that addresses identity, memory and violence. In turns, the exhibition speaks to collective memory and historical trauma in narrative form in a series of mixed media drawings and a stop motion animation.

Members and guests are invited to join us July 28th for the opening reception from 7-10pm.
An artist talk with Ramirez Castillo will be on July 29 at 1pm.

Read Roberta McDonald's exhibition essay Redrawing Memory as Resistance.



July 28 - September 9, 2017

Calgary artist Kale Vandenbroek peers into the self, hypercritical of every movement and thought in this collection of print and mixed-media works. Pasting an image down and wearing it away, his paint-like surfaces suggest imprecise narratives of introspection and a cast of personalities in extended techniques grounded in the traditions of printmaking and illustration.

Exhibition opening reception is July 28th 7-10pm, free to Latitude members and guests.

Vandenbroek will be giving one-on-one tours of the exhibition Saturday July 29. Contact to reserve a time.

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