Curated by Toby Lawrence | The LAB Gallery

Exhibiton Opening Friday, January 23rd, 2015: Members Only Preview  7-8pm | Public Opening  8-10pm

Language is imbued with social, cultural, and political biases. With Definiciones (Definitions), Carlos Colín explores the impact, limits, and ruptures of language in our everyday lives, and the ways in which language shapes our thinking about life, social structures, race, culture, geography, politics, and art. As a Mexican artist working in a Canadian context, this project presents a series of definitions in English and in Spanish to generate dialogue around human rights and established power structures by questioning what a democracy means, or a society means, and how we can reclaim language that is inherently colonial.

Carlos Colín was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1980 and grew up in Mexico City. He currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC. He holds a BA in Visual Communication and Design (2004) and a MFA from the National School of Fine Art (UNAM) (2011) in Mexico City. He recently completed a second MFA at the University of British (2013) and is now pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. His research investigates how contemporary art, artists, and art institutions are involved in current social movements and, by extension, how art contributes to social change and social activism in Latin America. As a Latin American artist, Colín brings perspectives on the discourse of how art evolves inside societies, how it finds expressions, and how art changes over time, as well as the implications this has for Latin America.

Colín is represented by Fazakas Gallery in Vancouver. He participated in the Vancouver Art Gallery Auction in 2014; Satellite Gallery and Back Gallery Project in Vancouver, BC in 2013; Biennial of Painting Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City in 2011; International Festival of Contemporary Art in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2008; and the Art Biennial of Glass, Museum of Glass, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico in 2008 and 2004.