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Santiago Tavera is a Colombian-Canadian artist, researcher and curator based in Montréal. Tavera’s practice revolves around constructing immersive and interactive projects that expand the body and perception through digital media, to evoke virtual simulations of migrant and queer narratives of dislocation. In Tavera’s work, mixed media compositions of videos, 3D graphic animations, text, sound, archival material and architectural elements create blurred experiences of physical and virtual spatial embodiments of the “other”. Tavera’s projects have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Le Conseil des art de Montreal and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, and presented in Canada at Optica, une centre d’art contemporain, MAI-Montréal, arts interculturels, Projet Casa, Articule, SUR Gallery, Agence TOPO, Montréal’s 3rd International Digital Art Biennial, Interaccess, Forest City Gallery, as well as Internationally at the International Art Fair of Bogota-ARTBO, the Images Festival of Manizales, the International Symposium on Electronic Art-ISEA, (Colombia) the Changwon Sculpture Biennial (South Korea), La Galeria de Arte e Pesquisa–UFES (Brazil), Solange Guez + Arte Contemporaneo (Argentina), Laboratório de Arte Alameda (México). Tavera holds a Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia from Concordia University, and a Bachelor of Arts with an Honor Specialization in Visual Arts and a Major in Psychology from Western University.
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