The Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade Route was officially established in 1565. Spanish navigators had been charged with finding a route from the Philippines, an island region claimed by Spain some forty years earlier, to Mexico, which had been conquered in 1521. The new trade route remained active until 1815, extending the umbilical cord between Spain and its colonies by tethering the Asian archipelago to American channels of commerce and communication.
This exhibition invokes this historical juncture – a particularly poignant period when the artists’ countries of origin converged – while also proposing an alternative fold in the fabric of the surrounding narrative. Rather than evoking a linear course plotted between two disparate points, the exhibition triangulates Marisa Gallemit, Claudia Gutierrez and Guillermo Trejo, creating a trine in which two entities are relied upon to locate the third. Individually, each employ process-based techniques that at once interpret their ancestral lineage and conceive of new understandings of it within the present. Plaited together, the three artists reshape traditional material hierarchies, redirect flows of information and remake ancient objects as a way of reorienting towards the future.
– Exhibition booklet excerpt by Rhiannon Vogl
MARISA GALLEMIT has been exhibiting her work in Ontario and Quebec since 2010 and will be contributing to the Parkette Projects as part of Toronto’s Year of Public Art in late 2021. She has been awarded a SAW Prize for New Works, a City of Ottawa Creation and Production grant and has received the Critics’ Choice Award from the Ottawa Art Gallery in 2019 and 2020. http://marisagallemit.com/
Marisa Gallemit gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council and Galerie SAW Gallery.
Currently working as a curator and arts administrator, CLAUDIA GUTIERREZ is an artist and activist whose practice has been deeply informed by residencies in Canada and Mexico. She has been exhibiting her work in Ontario since 2010 and has completed numerous public art and cultural outreach projects in Ottawa. She was awarded the SAW Prize for New Works in 2020. http://claudiagutierrezart.com/
Claudia Gutierrez gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and Galerie SAW Gallery.
GUILLERMO TREJO has been exhibiting his work for over a decade in Canada, the United States, Europe and Mexico. He has worked as an arts researcher at the National Gallery of Canada and as an instructor at the Ottawa School of Art. https://trejoguillermo.com/
He is a past recipient of a City of Ottawa Emerging Artist Grant and a Young Artist Award from Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA). He was awarded the SAW Prize for New Works in 2020. Guillermo Trejo gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa.