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Published on March 21, 2024

Santiago Tamayo Soler, Winner of the 2024 Impressions Residency

Santiago Tamayo Soler. Courtesy of the artist

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MBAM) and the Conseil des arts de Montréal are pleased to announce the winner of the 2024 Impressions Residency: Santiago Tamayo Soler. This eight-week residency opens the door to a visual artist from one of Montreal’s cultural communities to carry out a research-creation project by bringing a unique and original perspective to one of the Museum’s collections.

Since its launch in 2013, this residency has been a springboard for several emerging artists: Karen Tam, Naghmeh Sharifi, Pansee Atta, Ari Bayuaji, Jobena Petonoquot, Leila Zelli, Nayla Dabaji, Ahreum Lee, Anahita Norouzi and Jinjoo Yang. Thanks to the support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Santiago Tamayo Soler will receive a grant of $7,000, which will enable him to carry out research at the MMFA that will nourish the creation of works of arts.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Santiago Tamayo Soler is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist working mainly in digital arts and performance. Tamayo Soler’s work focuses on virtual environments, in which the artist proposes a critical examination of Latin American history. The places he imagines become the sites of immigrant and queer stories that give us glimpses of a radical futuristic fantasy. A recipient of the 2023 EDAA Emerging Digital Artists Award, the artist recently showed his work at the Bradley Ertaskiran Gallery in Montreal, Trinity Square Video in Toronto and the Centre culturel canadien (Paris).

For his residency at the MMFA, Tamayo Soler will explore notions of alienation and the (re)definition of identity as experienced by newcomers to a foreign country. In tribute to the Colombian diaspora in Canada, the artist will continue exploring the creation of hybrid digital environments that blend elements from distinct geographies, including some from the MMFA’s collection of landscapes.

Public partner: Conseil des arts de Montréal

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