Inspired by the AGB’s architectural space and the cast of characters who wander these halls, Z’otz* have introduced a new eccentric troupe of creatures onto the scene with their expansive mural installation. The artist collective works spontaneously and intuitively, using mixed media and clay to explore their subconscious through drawings and sculpture. Their vivid storytelling explores themes of memory and Mesoamerican mythology through humour and collective action.
Image Credit: Z’otz* Collective, Eccentric Coincidence, 2021. Charcoal, pastel, paper cutouts, waxed string, and pottery. Courtesy of the artists.
Meet the artists
Z’otz* Collective (Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano, Ilyana Martínez) was formed in Toronto in 2004 by three artists with Latin American roots. In a shared studio, they meet weekly to collaborate on works that incorporate drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and site–specific installations. The group’s name comes from the Mayan word for “bat”. Their work connects to the storytelling traditions of their background, with mythological beings and symbols that move between the individual and collective dynamic. Z’otz* Collective has had over 25 solo exhibitions and over 40 group exhibitions in museums, galleries and artist-run centres in Canada, Mexico, USA, Serbia, and China. In 2018, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal commissioned them to create a series of ceramic sculptures for their permanent collection.