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Sounscape by Fernando Ruiz

For the past 20 years Fernando has been involved in every aspect of sound production and postproduction. From his own project studio to remote work all over the world. He has an extensive list of projects as an editor, foley, sfx and mixer. From cutting tape and machine calibration to DAW.

Fernando is also an accomplish Music Producer and Engineer for with several album credits and many live broadcast productions. Having worked with artist like; Green day, Moby, Clark Terry, Thelonious Monk Jr. and several more. Working in small clubs to large arenas including Tanglewood and Symphony Hall.

As an independent mixer Fernando has also acted as Producer and Co-director in many types of commercials, corporate video and indie film projects. All along Fernando has also built and extensive SFX library with sounds from all over the world. His favorite “weapon” on the road is the Neumann RSM-191 short shotgun perfect for sound gathering.

Laura Barrón

Laura Barrón is a photo- and video-­based artist and arts educator. She holds a MFA in visual arts from York University and BFA in visual arts from the National School of Plastic Arts (ENAP–UNAM) in Mexico. Since 1996 her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She has taught photography in several institutions, including the University of Morelos (UAEM) in Mexico, York and OCAD University in Toronto. Laura’s work belongs to several public and private collections and has been awarded and extensively supported by FONCA–CONACULTA Mexico, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Laura’s work explores the meanings of landscape. Through the examination of territory, geography and cartography she seeks to create relationships between memory, place and presence. Laura emigrated from Mexico to Canada in 2003. She currently lives between Toronto and Mexico City. She is part of the National System of Art Creators in Mexico (SNCA).

laurabarron.ca

IlYana Martínez

Ilyana Martínez was born in Toronto to a Mexican father and Canadian mother, and was raised in Mexico and the U.S. She studied art at OCAD University and has a design degree from NSCAD University. She has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, and the Pollock–Krasner Foundation in NYC. Ilyana has attended art residencies in Canada, Mexico, Serbia and Croatia. Her works on paper are inspired by nature and cities. She illustrates children’s books with a humourous visual language, and makes drawings, sculptures, and mural installations with her collaborators: Z’otz* Collective.

ilyanamartinez.com

Brian Medina

Originally from Mexico City, Brian Medina is a video and photography artist currently based in Toronto. He holds a diploma in Sound Engineering and Music Production from the Harris Institute for the Arts as well as a diploma in Broadcast Television and Videography from The Humber College of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Ballet Folklórico Puro México

Ballet Folklórico Puro México (BFPM) is a non-profit organization established in August , 2003. BFPM’s mission is to preserve and promote Mexican culture through its vibrant dances. Since its inception, the organization has grown exponentially, proudly representing Mexican folklore within key events in Ontario such as Carassauga, Hispanic Fiesta, Mississauga Latin Festival, MexFest and the Canadian National Exhibition. Director María José Miranda and artistic director Jezreel Vazquez have been working together since 2006 and look forward to celebrating the ballet’s 15-year anniversary in 2018.

puromexicoballet.ca

EXATEC Ontario

EXATEC Ontario is a legally registered non-profit organization that works to promote and contribute to the professional, social and cultural development of the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) Alumni community residing in Ontario, aiming to facilitate better recognition of the EXATEC members in the Canadian marketplace and society at large.

EXATEC Ontario is a legally registered non-profit organization that works to promote and contribute to the professional, social and cultural development of the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) Alumni community residing in Ontario, aiming to facilitate better recognition of the EXATEC members in the Canadian marketplace and society at large.

exatecontario.com

Rebozos

Indalecio Marroquín has been running this family business for over 13 years. They serve authentic Mexican food in their restaurant and their food truck in Toronto and neighbouring cities and towns.

Rebozos dedicates this ofrenda to the victims of the earhquakes in Mexico.

rebozostruck.ca

Ofrendas

TICKETS

Everyone: FREE
Saturday, November 4
12:00pm–7:00pm
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Sunday, November 5
12:00pm–6:00pm
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West

Harbourfront Centre will celebrate the 14th edition of the Day of the Dead Festival by working with Mexican artists to create ofrendas that showcase this tradition through a contemporary lens.

Under the guidance of curator Edgar Alejandre Pérez (Michoacán, México), these Mexican artists will create their interpretation and vision on the ofrendas that will be showcased in different locations throughout the site.

The soundscape for the space will be produced by Fernando Ruiz, Mexican sound engineer/designer and producer.

Traditional ofrendas will be made by community groups.

Curatorial Statement

The diversity of the cultural manifestations in México, have their origin in profound mesoamerican roots. Day of the Dead is a celebration of death and life, of community, family. work, tradition, ritual and the sacred. Through time, new elements continue to be incorporated to the ofrendas allowing this tradition to be alive to this day. There are many elements that are part of an ofrenda and each ofrenda is unique. This year we are presenting traditional ofrendas created by community groups, as well as a contemporary look of them with the work of Mexican artists who have extended their vision beyond the traditional altar. We have invited them to use their creative visions to look at personal loss, as well as social and political issues if they desired. The result shows how a tradition can take other forms maintaining its purpose of honouring life and death.

The traditional altar continues to serve as a reminder of the devotional source from which all the artist have draw their inspiration. Based on memory and reclamation, this exhibition is a means of reconnecting to our loved ones and to our communities.

– Edgar Alejandre Pérez, Curator

Day of the Dead is supported by
Aeromexico, Visit Mexico and Pancho’s Bakery

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