In 2004, we formed Z'otz* Collective out of a shared interest in collaborative art making. We are three artists of Latin American heritage living in Toronto (Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano, Ilyana Martínez). We meet weekly to produce drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, and site–specific installations and use a system of rotation: each of us works on a different piece at the same time and then we exchange them. The direct approach of drawing, our primary means of expression, allows us to create quirky and often outrageous images that examine, with humour, the immigrant experiences of displacement, transition and transformation. The work connects to the storytelling traditions of our backgrounds and cultures, with mythological beings and symbols that transition between the individual and collective dynamic.
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