August 5, 2017, 11:00 am

In this talk, Lido Pimienta will explore the many different ways to be an artist, to become an artist (who gets paid) and the hilarious, dramatic and painful ways to survive as one – in the context of Canada.

Stories of migration, disenfranchisement, rejection, and the usual where, when, and how (?) to fit (a)family, friends, and dating in one’s art career, serve as backdrop to this familiar narrative of the
#aesthetic and the ultimate classic #icantpayrentonmyown.

Pimienta’s art talk is an honest conversation about access, democracy of space, a-political art critique, and issues of forced-diversity in art institutions. What happens when diversity is used or applied only as requirement to meet criteria rather than the inclusion and active participation of ‘the other’ based strictly on credit or artistic merit will be one of the themes to be discussed, but in the end, does it even matter? Art is just a poop emoji after all!

Location: 110 Main Street, Sackville, NB.

Lido Pimienta (b.1986) is a Toronto-based Colombian born interdisciplinary artist-curator and musician. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002. Her work explores the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity, and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American Diaspora and vernacular.

This talk is part of SappyFest 12 and is presented collaboratively by the Owens Art Gallery, SappyFest, and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre.