Imaginary Homelands is both a thematic framework and a strategy for exhibition making written in both Spanish and English. It is the culmination of a three-year experimental residency project that explored how the oscillation of people, ideas and materials between two real places - in this case Bogota and Toronto - could become a point of departure toward 'locating' a fictionalised mid-way point. A product of this experiment, the exhibition is an imaginary place conceptually situated somewhere between the two locations, made tangible through a series of artworks created specifically for, and as, an "Imaginary Homeland" at The Art Gallery of York University. Imaginary Homelands collates artwork from a series of residencies. Artists considered their projects from the position of being in and from the two locations simultaneously, allowing both to inform their experiences, inflect their understanding of "the local" and provide differing social and cultural contexts, available materials, etc, for the development of their work.As hybrid creations that draw upon and from so many different sources, materials, stories, and experiences, the resulting works in Imaginary Homelands are more than just translations.
The exhibition literally and figuratively crosses borders and boundaries - both actual and perceived - which its works annul by proposing new insights from the perspective of being in a place that is neither here nor there. Contributions include work by Carlos Bonil, Nicolas Consuegra, Miler Lagos, Mateo Lopez, Mateo Rivano, Maria Isabel Rueda, Daniel Santiago, Angelica Teuta and Icaro Zorbar. In partnership with The Art Gallery of York University.