Luis Jacob

Luis Jacob (born in Lima, Peru; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is an artist whose work destabilizes viewing conventions and invites collisions of meaning. He studied semiotics and philosophy at the University of Toronto. Since his participation in documenta 12, Kassel, 2007, he has achieved an international reputation with exhibitions at venues such as: La Biennale de Montréal, 2016; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, 2015; Taipei Biennial, 2012; Generali Foundation, Vienna, 2011; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, 2010; Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2008; and Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 2008.

Works

Luis Jacob at Union Station

Location: Union Station

The View from Here is a two-part installation located in Union Station’s Oak Room and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E. At Union, Jacob’s contemporary photographs are paired with the artist’s collection of rare maps and street views, representing different yet overlapping narratives of the same places. The tension between these…

Luis Jacob at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

The View from Here is a two-part installation located at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and Union Station’s Oak Room. Here, Jacob’s extensive collection of rare books, published since 1872, is paired with his contemporary photographs, elucidating different representations of Toronto—a city where the very question of place is deeply…

Programs

The View from Here with Simon Vickers

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

Simon Vickers researches intersections of public and urban history, focusing on activism across particular neighbourhoods in Toronto and Montreal since the 1960s. For this presentation, Vickers engages with Luis Jacob’s two-part installation The View From Here to initiate dialogues on historical social movements and how the city has been impacted by gentrification, affordability and the role of…

The View from Here with Bonnie Devine

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

In response to various objects in Luis Jacob’s installation The View From Here, Bonnie Devine introduces a surveyor’s transit from her project Circles and Lines: Michi Saagiig (2018). View-finding instruments have been used since antiquity to mark out, allot, and regulate land, including the land of the Mississauga Nation that…

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