Bio / CV
Eugenio Salas is a self-taught artist born in Mexico City and currently based in London (Canada) and Philadelphia. Disrupting social roles and dynamics and looking to explore the symbolic spaces that unfold, Salas’ practice involves collaborative process-based projects. Salas carries out participatory performative actions employing media, print and cooking.
His previous projects include baking and animating hundreds of doughnuts in a stop-motion animation to work through his experience in the fast-food industry (Snack Pack), building a Tunnel inside a gallery with a non-status construction worker and the exhibition curator, creating a parcel delivery system to exchange personal objects between Brazilians in Toronto and their families back home (YYZGRU Express), and baking a 22-foot long cake (The Supercake) in collaboration with immigrant women with whom he worked at a cake factory.
The Supercake. McIntosh Gallery & Trinity United Church. London
Garage series. Garage_____. London
Social Plastics - Nail Party, Paris Nails & Gendai Gallery, Toronto
Grasping at the Roots, curated by Christina Battle Mitchell Art Gallery, MacEwan University, Edmonton.
TransAMERICAS: a sign, a situation, a concept. Curated by Cassandra Getty. Museum London, London.
Legislative Art, screening and performance, Art + Design for Social Justice, OCAD, Toronto
Taco Feast (collaboration with Juanita Lee), ArtLab Western University, London
Legislative Art (curation), screening and discussion, McIntosh Gallery & London Museum, London
Love takes the worry out… (collaboration with Reena Katz). Curated by Trevor Schwellnus Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
YYZGRU Express. New York University’s Hemispheric Institute Encuentro. Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Centre for Incidental Activisms - CIA. Curated by Emelie Chhangur and Philip Monk. Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
Box of Books, Vol. lll. Curated by Darin Klein. New York Art Book Fair
Pan-Americas. Curated by Arlan Londoño. University of Toronto Art Centre. Toronto
Under New Management. Curated by Suzanne Carte. Project Room. Toronto
E-fagia Digital Event 09 (co-curation). New Media multi-venue exhibit, Toronto
Milan Gay, Lesbian and Queer Culture Festival, Italy
Wade. Public Video Installation Performance. Curated by Christie Pearson and Sandra Rechico YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto
Performance with Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Pocha Nostra, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto
Making History: Construction of Queer Identity. Curated by Peter Kingstone. Ryerson University, Toronto
Public Space Invaders, The Drake Hotel, Toronto
The Naughty Show. Toronto Animated Society. Toronto.
CFMDC Queer Program. Alucine Film Festival. Toronto
Niagara Falls Artist Host Program. Curated by Tone Olaf Nielsen & Morten Goll. Mercer Union. Toronto
Toronto New Works, Pleasure Dome, Toronto
Video Venturous Vanguard Festival, Los Angeles
Photopia, Gallery 1313, Toronto.
The TAIS Queer Show. Inside Out Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Toronto
I am what I am. Inside Out Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Toronto
Night Screening. Alley Jaunt Festival, Toronto.
Midnight and Madness. Expresion en Corto (film festival), Guanajuato Mexico
Boys with Boys. Mostra Lambda, Barcelona, Spain
North Carolina Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, North Carolina, United States
Detroit Docs Film Festival. Detroit, United States
Splice This! Super 8 Festival, Toronto
Crossed Looks. Museum of Journalism, Guadalajara, Mexico
My City. Museum of Journalism, Guadalajara, Mexico
Brasicanos e Mexileiros. Casa das Rosas, San Paulo, Brazil
Barcelona Postcards. Casa de la Cultura, Uruapan, Mexico
Ivy. Centro Cultural El Refugio, Tlaquepaque, Mexico
Awards / Commissions
Best Education Program Award by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries
Best Public Program Award by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries
Audience Award. Mostra Lambda, Barcelona, Spain
New Toronto Works (Best Toronto Videos 2003), Toronto, Canada
Commissioned by Goethe Institute to develop “My city” Guadalajara, Mexico
Best Page Layout – Silver Award, The Society for News Design
Bibliography / Reviews
Davis, Jon. “Arriba los homosexuales”. Xtra! May 11, 2006
Aubrey, Reeves. “Sea City”. YYZ Artists’ Outlet, 2006
Vaughn, RM. “Soft Flesh Feels Very, Very Good”. Globe and Mail, Feb 13, 2004
Balzer, David. “Eye Candy”, EYE Magazine, May 13, 2004
Latin Trash. Inside Out Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Toronto
The Mexican Artfag Lab. Inside Out Festival, Toronto