Your Civilization Suffers A Complete Collapse: Artist Talks

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Your civilization suffers a complete collapse: Artist Talks + Conversation with Patrick Cruz and Alvin Luong
Co-presented by South Asian Visual Arts Centre & 8-11


Artists: Patrick Cruz, Alvin Luong
Moderated by Nahed Mansour, SAVAC Program Coordinator

401 Richmond Street West, lobby (1st floor by the entrance)
Date: November 30, 2016
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm


Event Summary:

”Your civilization suffers a complete collapse. 17,300 years later, a young man stumbles into a cavity full of paintings just below in the ground, in his backyard. They are undamaged in this bubble of darkness. One of the paintings is yours. What does it say about your mind?”
From Archeological Apathy exhibition text written by Rudrapriya Rathore

Patrick Cruz and Alvin Luong will present 10 minute artist talks about their most recent works. Following their talks, a moderated conversation will explore the ways in which they re-interpreted common notions of Western culture, history, and art. Working in sculpture, video, performance, and installation, Cruz and Luong use found objects and images to critically investigate notions of authenticity in their practice.


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PATRICK CRUZ (b.1987) is a Filipino-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. He holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Cruz’s experience migrating from the Philippines to Canada informs his studio practice, prompting him to question notions of displacement, diaspora and the adoption of a new cultural identity. In 2015, Cruz was awarded the first prize at the 17th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Cruz has presented his work across North America, Europe and Asia.


ALVIN LUONG (b.1993) is an emerging artist from Toronto. Luong works with lens-based media and performance to consider how documentations and instructions are created and how they can be interpreted. Luong has exhibited in group exhibitions at Gallery 44 and Trinity Square Video, and exhibited commissioned works at Trinity Square Video. He has performed and lectured at Blackwood Gallery. Upcoming exhibitions include a collaborative film project at Y+ Contemporary in April 2017, and a solo project at PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts in June 2017. He holds honours BA from the University of Toronto in Visual Studies.
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This event is organized in conjunction with Patrick Cruz’s solo exhibit, Archeological Apathy.

Archeological Apathy
Patrick Cruz
811 Gallery (233 Spadina Avenue)
November 10 - December 3, 2016, Wed-Sat, 12-5 PM




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By: South Asian Visual Arts Centre