Curtis Talwst Santiago “Can’t I Alter”

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[Image: Curtis Talwst Santiago "Red Face Ancestral Vision 1" (2018) spray paint, oil, charcoal, pastel, acrylic on canvas, 39 3/4 x 29 1/2 in.]
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Curtis Talwst Santiago: Can’t I Alter is the first exhibition devoted to the Canadian-Trinidadian artist’s drawing practice, which has expanded significantly in recent years. Throughout his work, Santiago grapples with “genetic imagination,” or the ability to access generational knowledge through imaginative recollection and projection. For the artist, this method serves as a means of wading through histories lost, hidden, and often tangled.

In Can’t I Alter, Santiago creates a multi-faceted narrative in an immersive, drawing-filled installation that explores the theme of ancestry and the necessity of preserving the past while acknowledging the fallacies implicit in historical recollection. As viewers explore the space, they join Santiago and his alter ego, the J’ouvert Knight, in an attempt to locate a diasporic ancestor whose existence cannot ever be fully grasped. A newly commissioned film accompanies the installation, as well as performances organized by Santiago.

Organized by Claire Gilman, Chief Curator, with Isabella Kapur, Curatorial Assistant.



from February 20, 2020 to May 10, 2020

Opening Reception on 2020-02-19 from 18:00 to 20:00

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From 12:00 To 18:00
thursdays closing at 20:00
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