Bureaucracy no longer seems just a determent strategy one can aspire to surmount with tenacity and acumen. Strategies of intimidation have reached a new level, tantamount to overt and unreasonable cruelty. Ethical questions and moral benchmarks seem to have been divorced from any notions of empathic humanity. However, rather than succumbing to despair in the wake of terrible international events and the collapse of democratic values, artists mobilize the affective power of art and lend their voices to resist and oppose intimidating and repressive tactics.
Implicitly responding to these harsh realities, Question d’adaptation
takes a hopeful stand. An exhibition dealing with exclusionary systems offers a paradoxically accessible experience, allowing for a level of physical engagement unusual to most encounters with art in galleries. The playfulness of the environment feeds a poignant tension with the sombre content, ultimately asserting the inventiveness and determination of those who find ways to elude oppressive systems and forge their way forward under unthinkable circumstances, making possible a good-enough dwelling space between the unreachable and the unbearable.
José Luis Torres
was born in Argentina and has been living and working in Québec since 2003. He has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts, a Master’s Degree in Sculpture and a degree in Architecture. His work has been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions, as well as public interventions in both Canada and abroad, including Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Québec), Human Cities/Places To Be (Brussels, Belgium), Museum London (London, Ontario), The Works Art & Design Festival (Edmonton, Alberta), Manif d’art the Québec City Biennial (Québec), UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art (Colorado Springs, USA), Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture (Edmonton, Alberta), X-Border Art Biennial (Rovaniemi, Finland) and CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (Cambridge, Ontario), among many others. Torres has also participated in various artist residencies in Canada, Argentina, the United States, Mexico and Europe.
Essay: Mona Filip | Design: Tony Hewer | Editing: Shannon Anderson
Koffler Gallery installation photos: Toni Hafkenscheid
Digital publication to the exhibition José Luis Torres: Question d’adaptation
Presented by the Koffler Gallery, June 21 – August 26, 2018 | Curator: Mona Filip
© Koffler Centre of the Arts, 2018, in collaboration with the individual contributors. All rights reserved. ISBN 978-1-928175-17-9.