Pablo Muñoz is a Colombian born community organizer and artist based in Toronto. His artistic work extends from painting, design, performance art and writing. His community work centres around immigrant and refugee youth issues, intersections of queer and racialized identities, and solidarity with indigenous communities in Colombia and Canada. Pablo attended the Fine Arts program at Langara College in Vancouver and recently transferred into the Industrial Design program at OCAD. Earlier this year he held a solo exhibition of surrealist paintings at the Richmond Cultural Centre and worked on a commission for the Frank Theatre company. In the spring of 2014 his body-extension sculptures were featured at the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of Fuse. Later that season his digital work was chosen as a finalist on a Canada-wide, youth queer-solidarity competition hosted by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.
The piece which later became the winner was turned into a 12’ x 12’ mural at the the AGO this fall. In 2015 the same mural will be installed outside of Artscape Youngplace and some of his posters will be featured at the Politics of Design show at Xpace art gallery. Working as a youth worker for Immigrant Services Society of B.C from 2011 to 2013, he advocated for the rights of immigrant and refugee youth, held continuous anti-oppression trainings and participated in dialogues across the province with young people, politicians and stake holders on how to properly serve young immigrant communities. This past summer he witnessed a conference organized by indigenous youth in Colombia demanding justice while offering alternatives to drug-trade and the armed conflict. Throughout the year he has been working as a Story Producer for “Safe Country” a documentary part of OutSpoken Productions highlighting the challenges of queer immigrants in Canada. The documentary will air on OUTtv by the end of the year. Throughout his work he affirms the notion that art is not a tool for social change but a living entity within it.
Opening Reception is on June 25th from 7-10pm on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floor Galleries.
TSG: Fall to Pieces is a 2 month exhibition of new projects created by LGBTTI2QQ artists about their experiences of disability, radicalization, class, and other intersectional experiences of identity. The show attempts to interrupt the idea of a homogenous queer community and reimagines what it means to talk about our lived experiences as artists from a diversity of backgrounds.