Curtis Talwst Santiago

The practice of Curtis Talwst Santiago (born in Edmonton, AB, Canada; lives in Lisbon, Portugal) is decentralized. Santiago studied as an apprentice of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Santiago has exhibited internationally at venues such as: The New Museum, New York; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Pérez Art Museum Miami; and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah. The artist’s work was featured in the Biennale de Dakar and SITE Santa Fe, both 2018. Santiago’s work is in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Works

Curtis Talwst Santiago at 55 Unwin

Location: The Port Lands

Built of rubble salvaged from construction sites across the city, Santiago’s J’ouvert Temple is a modern-day capriccio—an architectural fantasy informed by the artist’s experience of ancient and modern-day ruins. Viewed through holes in a fence, vignettes emerge from the debris, evoking a similar sense of intimacy (albeit on a larger…

Curtis Talwst Santiago at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

This installation brings together forty-eight works from Santiago’s Infinity Series, which consists of miniature dioramas housed in reclaimed jewelry boxes that are often assembled using found materials to convey an interior world. Since 2012, Santiago has developed a robust body of work that reflects the complex, intertwined elements of individual…

Programs

Diorama Workshop

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

As part of Curtis Talwst Santiago’s contribution to the Biennial, a vast array of ring box dioramas present intimate constructed scenes based on specific figures and events, often accompanied with playful titles such as Netflix and Chill and Rebel Rebel. During this workshop for youth, the artist opens up the miniature…

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