Curator: Agustin Pérez Rubio
Exhibition: HTUOS/HTRON - The New Coordinates of the Americas

Curatorial statement

The conceptual reference for this exhibition starts with a 1943-drawing by the Uruguayan constructivist painter, professor and writer Joaquin Torres Garcia, one of the great masters of Latin-American Avant-Garde. In his drawing, Inverted America, he inverts the entire pan-American peninsula, removing the existing boundaries and introducing a new value system that subverts the hegemonic geo-political ideology of his time.

For one night, over the 12 hours of Toronto's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, this new geopolitical order will dominate. South will be North and vice-versa.

With geography inverted, time will change in relation to the places, the cities and the countries. Time will run from West to East.

The exhibition's title is a graphic interpretation of Torres-Garcias' map, where the words South and North, one up and the other down, are read backwards, inverted not only in space but also in time. Projects will therefore have varying starting points throughout the event.

Projects by artists from diverse countries in the Americas, from Canada and the USA to Brazil and Argentina, are represented in order to invert and subvert the established spatial and temporal reigning hegemony order.

This exhibition features 12 projects located around the University of Toronto and College Street over to Carlton and Jarvis Streets.

Projects include Alfredo Jaar (Santiago) with Music (Everything I know I learned the day my son was born) and Tania Brugera (Havana) with Tatlin's Whisper.