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Alejandro Tamayo

Executive Director
Alejandro Tamayo, is a Colombian/Canadian installation and media artist, writer, and educator. Tamayo earned a PhD in Visual Arts from York University, an MFA with distinction from the National University of Colombia, and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Technologies in Design/Art Practice from Concordia University. In his practice and research he recurrently employs found objects and materials as vehicles to open new perceptual and intuitive understandings of the material world. His work has been exhibited individually and collectively in Canada and abroad. When the pandemic started, Tamayo was the artist in residence at McMaster University Studio Art Program where he was conducting research on the relations between physical presence, poetic language and musical scores, and also exploring the possibilities of live-coding performances with the Cybernetic Orchestra. Prior to moving to Windsor, Tamayo was on the board of directors of Hamilton Artists Inc. where he acted as Treasurer. At The Inc. he also began collaborating with the New Committee, an action committee dedicated to help in the integration of new immigrant artists to the community.

How long have you been a part of ACWR?

I started in mid February, so I has been less than 5 months ago.

What made you want to get involved with ACWR?

I just think that the stars aligned and some mysterious forces brought me here, it has been very exciting so far.

Are you an artist? Can you tell us about your work?

As an artist I am interested in what the role of art can be and how art is encountered. In the last couple of years I have been testing out ideas of what sculpture can be, and I have explored different ways to bring the viewer into contact with the work.

An image from Alejandro’s 2020 exhibition, Album, at Centre3 in Hamilton. The person in the picture is activating “Track One”. Photo by Kat Williams

Do you have a favourite local artist, arts collective/organization, mural, art space, or creative project in the Windsor region?

There is a great art community in the city and I am just starting to discover them, I think that I am only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

How has the pandemic changed the way you work?

Things have changed a lot, the pandemic has introduced a new framework of meaning to everything we do, or don’t do, as artists. So every little gesture that we would do, even in isolation, is now placed in relation to a narrative that operates at a global scale. Everything is becoming more relative. What is interesting is that working under these conditions is exposing how interdependent everything thing is.

What inspires you?

Almost everything inspires me. I am equally inspired by small coincidences in my everyday life as I am by discovering the work of other artists.

What do you want people to know about ACWR?

That ACWR is a community, a network, and that our role is to help support and straighten these connections, and to offer opportunities for creative expression and dialogue.

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