For over a decade, Z’otz* Collective has worked out of a shared studio in Toronto and has exhibited in galleries and artist-run centres across Canada, the US, Mexico and Europe. They have attended residencies in Croatia and Serbia, where they began work with ceramic sculpture. In 2013 the group exhibited at Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina) and Union Gallery (Kingston). In 2014 they exhibited and led workshops in Orleans Gallery (Ottawa). Last summer Z’otz* was invited to create a mural for the PanAm Path, coinciding with Toronto 2015 PanAm Games. All three members have been awarded grants from the Pollock–Krasner Foundation (NYC) for their individual practices. This fall, they will exhibit their work in shows at Museum London and Koffler Centre for the Arts.
Z’otz* Collective is a group of three artists with Latin American roots: Nahúm Flores (Honduras), Erik Jerezano (Mexico), and Ilyana Martínez (Mexico/Canada). Formed in Toronto in 2004, Z’otz* members meet weekly to collaborate on works that incorporate drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and site–specific installations. The direct approach of drawing, their primary means of expression, allows them to create quirky, humourous images that touch on the themes of migration, displacement, transition and transformation. The work connects to the storytelling traditions of their background, with mythological beings and symbols that transition between the individual and collective dynamic. Z’otz is the Mayan word for “bat”.
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