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COCO GUZMAN

Localisation : 800, rue du Sq. Victoria

Artist

Since 2008, Guzman has lived in Canada, where sheworks as a visual artist for various artist-run spaces, social justice organizations, arts education institutions. She is also the founder with Paulie McDermid, of the Colectivo Pez Luna / Moonfish Collective theater collective. Her work has been exhibited across Canada (Montreal - Powerhouse Central, MAI -, Toronto - A Space, Textile Museum of Canada, AGO -, St. John's - Eastern Edge -, London - The Forest City -) as well as the Quebec International Biennial (2017). Internationally, her work has been shown in several places in Spain (including CentroCentro Madrid), South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany and Costa Rica. As a professional artist, she has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts (2017, 2013, 2012), the Ontario Arts Council (2016, 2015), the Toronto Arts Council (2017), and from the Conseil des arts du Québec. In 2017, she received the Finalist Artist Award from the Toronto Friends of Visual Arts.

Artwork

Genderpoo is an ongoing project that uses bathroom signs to question the society's norms of "normal" and socially imposed categories. It started in 2008 as a project challenging the social division of the man / woman, using the toilets as metaphors for the western binary social system of the genre. Soon after the beginning, it evolved into a more ambitious and complex project where a multiplicity of non-"normal" compliant experiences is presented, extending the question of "normality" to race, abilities, sexual orientation, political opinions, life experiences, etc., and also imaginary characters.
Genderpoo is an immersive installation composed of a continuous number of vector drawings (more than 80 at the moment) covering the walls of toilets and other exhibition spaces, inviting the public to think (and in some cases to create their own signs ) about their identity and how they belong or not to society.

Coco Guzman
Genderpoo, 2008
Impression
Print
21,6 × 27,9 cm
8 ½× 11

 

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