Luis Jacob

Fonderie Darling

Long involved with the house music scene, and a founding member of the Anarchist Free University of Toronto, Peruvian-born, Toronto-based Luis Jacob makes art that takes the social body, both individual and collective, as its primary subject. Organized by Marie Fraser, “Tableaux Vivants” was the first segment of the multipart midcareer retrospective of the artist’s work that will be touring Canada through 2011.

The oldest works on view, thirteen photographs from “Evicted Studios at 9 Hanna Avenue; November 1999,” were taken within an obsolete industrial complex in Toronto that had been rented to artists for years. When the site was slated for redevelopment and the new property owners ordered the artists out, Jacob documented the immediate aftermath of the eviction, depicting the trauma of that community’s displacement through the traces—many testifying to unseen violence—left on the space.

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