Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo -- My tyrant, My protest, My myth

February 28, 2015 to April 3, 2015

Exhibition Statement

Bound by issues of migration, identity, memory and violence, my work depicts a critical narrative of historical, cultural and personal experience. As a native of El Salvador my practice is engaged with collective and personal stories rooted in the experiences of loss and violence that marked El Salvador during the 12 years of civil war.

Using the human body as a symbol and site for trauma, my work is an ongoing exploration on the possibilities of narrative through an inter-disciplinary approach to drawing. The exhibition entitled My tyrant, My protest, My myth deploys a personal lexicon of imagery sourced from North American vernacular and visual culture, Pre-Columbian mythology and Salvadoran popular folklore into mythical narratives.

My tyrant, My protest, My myth displays a non-linear approach to storytelling through mixed media drawings, printed work and stop motion animation videos that underline the construction of personal memory as an alternative form of resistance, political commentary and healing.

Artist Biography

Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo's work has been exhibited in venues such as The International Print Center in NY, A Space gallery in Toronto, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, The Bronx Museum, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, USA and MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) among others. He is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2010, and the winner of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in visual arts in Canada for 2011. He has participated in numerous artist residencies across Canada, the USA and Europe. He is now based in Vancouver.

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Line Gallery