Latin American art features the masks of Carlos Colín

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La Casa De Las Máscaras – House of Masks is a new photography exhibit that explores the mask-making culture shared by Latin America and Northwest Coast First Nations.

The exhibit features photographs by Carlos Colín, a Mexican artist living and working in Vancouver. The Fazakas Gallery’s collection of Northwest Coast masks makes it a fitting venue for La Casa de las Máscaras (House of Masks), which opens July 5.

For the show, Colin drew on his Latin roots as well as his experience living in B.C. Originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Colín has been studying Latin American artistic practices, history, and theory at home and abroad. He is currently pursuing his PhD at UBC.

Colín sees the House of Masks as a sacred space where ideas and visions that intertwine realities and legends are shared. The House of Masks presents two projects that illustrate the fight of Latin American people, their history and traditions through the mask.

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One is La Sublevación de la Máscara. El Motín Iconoclasta (The Uprising of the Mask. The Iconoclastic Riot). This is a series of photographs that highlights the resistance and determination of people in Latin America to maintain and preserve social traditions and local cultures.

The other project is Avenida Nacional (National Avenue). A series of drawings, its purpose is to connect the iconography of our national civilizations with modernity .

La Casa de las Máscaras reception: Saturday July 5 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Artist in attendance.

Exhibition dates: July 5 – July 26, 2014

Venue: Fazakas Gallery, 145 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Info: www.fazakasgallery.com

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