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Walkthrough with Curtis Talwst Santiage and Chief Curator Claire Gilman

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Exhibition walkthrough with artist Curtis Talwst Santiago and Chief Curator Claire Gilman

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Join artist Curtis Talwst Santiago and Chief Curator Claire Gilman for a walkthrough of Curtis Talwst Santiago: Can’t I Alter, a site-specific installation that contemplates our interpretations of the past as well as our historical conditioning of the present. Through hand-built architectural constructions, stand-alone drawings, paintings, and sculptures, the immersive installation explores themes of ancestry and the struggle to access lost and tangled histories.

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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.

Image: Curtis Talwst Santiago, "Red Face Ancestral Vision 1,” 2018. Spray paint, oil, charcoal, pastel, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of Rachel Uffner Gallery.

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