10:30am-12pm, $5. At The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St.
DrawNow! SaturdayMornings! Offered in American Sign Language
About this Event
People of all ages are invited to join us for this guided conversation, which will be offered with American Sign Language translation, and artmaking workshop, organized in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Curits Talwst Santiago: Can’t I Alter.
Led by teaching artist, Ada Pilar Cruz, this workshop will explore Curtis Talwst Santiago’s search to locate a diasporic ancestry and the struggle to access lost and tangled histories.
About the Exhibition
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.