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The second edition of the cycle of Mexican educational and cultural activities at the University of Toronto organized   under the title “Artes Expansivas: Diálogo y Producción Cultural en México/Siglo XXI” (“Expansive Arts: Dialogue and Cultural Production in 21st Century Mexico”) featured Mexican visual artist Gustavo Artigas, who ran the workshop “Art & Annulment” in the last week of February and offered the keynote speech “Override and Annulment” on March 1.

The workshop delivered by the artist was held from February 22 to 26 at the Institute for Creative Exchange (ICE), offering an interactive dialogue on the most significant aspects of his work in painting, sculpture, video, photography, and drawing. The keynote speech was given in the Jackman Humanities Building, where Artigas reviewed and explained the significance of an extensive portfolio of visual projects he has worked on since the beginning of the century.

Artigas is an innovative and creative visual artist. The works presented link play structures with notions of risk or disaster situations, thereby creating an environment friendly to the identity and originality of the human personality. His visual projects are constructed around the form of experience in complex contexts and related to social tension, human behaviour and rethinking moral boundaries under unusual conditions.

His work has been featured at the Biennial of the Americas, as well as the Venice, Havana, Liverpool, Prague, Buenos Aires and Ural Biennials, and has earned him awards, grants and academic residencies around the world. He is a member of Mexico’s National System of Creators of Art, and he currently teaches at the La Esmeralda School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in Mexico City.

Gustavo Artigas was born in Mexico City on April 27, 1970. He studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and his work is on display at the Colección Jumex museum, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Addison Collection in Denver and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.