Guadalupe Martinez | Walk Strathcona | May/June 2011
The Strathcona Art Gallery is pleased to introduce it’s Artist-in-Residence for May and June of 2011, Guadalupe Martinez.
Guadalupe Martinez is an interdisciplinary Argentine artist currently based in Vancouver, B.C. Her work is a constant exploration of -and- experimenting with identity, place and materials. Informed by her native culture and her interest in language, psychology, mysticism, literature, music and craft she develops a body of work that takes form mostly through installations, video and performance art.
As a recent immigrant to Canada, the interrelationship between body, self and territory has become the main focus in her practice. This interest is stemmed in the desire to understand subject-object relational dynamics within a conceptual framework that includes otherness, hybridization and deterritorialization as the main concerns.
Her work has been shown in Argentina, Mexico and Canada.
During her residency at the STAG Guadalupe has initiated a project called Walk Strathcona. This is the first iteration of an ongoing exploration she is calling The Peregrinaje to Pilgrimage SeriesThe Peregrinaje to Pilgrimage Series is an intention to symbolize the continuous journey for the search of Identity and Place. Through this embodied metaphor I want to address the physical migration and cultural crossing that most people in my generation experience, and how the confronting of uprooting and deterritorialization informs the subject-object relationship as inhabiting a post-post-modern capitalist culture.By taking the role of the pilgrim (subject) I will establish a cultural, mystical, physical and intellectual relationship with a temporary foreign environment (STAG- Strathcona) and sublime, through an artistic act the struggle and alienation that we are submitted to when negotiating our position (gender, class, cultural background, cosmology, etc) in a predetermined territory (ground, soil, land).
Guadalupe will be continuing to work through this project and there may be opportunities for Strathcona residents to participate in different ways. Check he wepage devoted to the project to find out more information: