Art Gallery of Greater Victoria looks at language with first exhibition of 2015

The exhibition explores the impact, limits, and ruptures of language in our everyday lives

The first exhibition of 2015 at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria considers the use of language in English and in Spanish.

Definiciones (Definitions) opens in the LAB Gallery on Jan. 16 with the text based work of Mexican-born and raised artist Carlos Colín, who now resides in Vancouver.

The exhibition explores the impact, limits, and ruptures of language in our everyday lives, and the ways language shapes our thinking about life, social structures, race, culture, geography, politics, and art.

Definiciones (Definitions) is paired with the exhibition In Another Place, and Here, opening at the AGGV on Jan. 24, which uses photography to investigate the relationships between self and place.

“As a Mexican artist working in a Canadian context, this project presents a series of definitions in English and Spanish to see how these definitions generate thought around human rights by questioning what a democracy means, or a society means, and how we can reclaim language that is often inherently colonial,” says Colín.

“My research investigates how contemporary art, artists, and art institutions are involved in current social movements and how art contributes to social change in Latin America.”

The LAB is a contemporary experimental space designed specifically for presenting challenging and dynamic projects within the AGGV.

The exhibition runs through April 19.

For more information, please go online to aggv.ca or call 250-384-4171.

Related programming at the AGGV:

SEASON OPENING Jan. 23

8 – 10 p.m.

In Another Place, and Here / Definiciones(Definitions)

By donation.

PANEL DISCUSSION Jan. 24

1 – 3 p.m.

Carlos Colín will join artists from the exhibition In Another Place, And Here in a panel discussion about identity and place.

Admission Noon–5 p.m. courtesy of Kevin Greenard of Scotia McLeod