Afro/Indigenous/Colombian/Canadian/punk/folklorist/traditionalist/transgressive/diva/angel. There are so many layers to Canadian-Colombian singer Lido Pimienta’s identity that you might get lost in them. But if you did, you’d be missing the point. Her multi-textural, mind-bending voice and music project what Canada’s The Globe and Mail called her “bold, brash, polarizing” persona, which constantly confronts the powers that be. But it also reveals a embrace of the Afro- and Indigenous traditions that is at once defiant, delicate and sweetly nostalgic. Pimienta’s work explores the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American Diaspora and vernacular. She has performed and exhibited her interdisciplinary practice nationally and internationally, and was recently an artist-in-residence at TAP Centre for Creativity (London, ON) and Orly Anan Studios (Mexico City, MX). This fall, the Toronto-based artist is touring her 2020 album Miss Colombia across the USA and Canada.
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These panel murals were created inconjunction with the exhibition – gathered together – with Martha Street Studio.
Adrienne Huard, Chloe Chafe, Mariana Muñoz Gomez