In conversation with “Facilitator” and Costa Rican artist Marton Robinson
Assistant Professor Kestin Cornwall and Assistant Professor Michael Lee Poy sit down with Costa Rican artist Marton Robinson. Marton is expecting to arrive at OCAD University this fall! His arrival was delayed, but we are all excited to have him join us at OCAD University!
Kestin, Michael and Marton discuss Black culture, including culture clashes. Marton describes his roots in Costa Rica and the idea of class systems in South America, and the idea of the Panama Man. They discuss Marton’s art practice, why he uses printmaking, how he works, and when he realized he needed to stop fighting with the climate and embrace it in his creative practice. Marton chats about what he prefers to be called, such as a Facilitator and not a Professor. The conversation gets raw, heavy and fun. You’ll enjoy it! Marton speaks both Spanish and English.
Marton addresses the stress of joining OCAD University during a pandemic and the dream of a better life through the Panama Canal.
Marton chats about his work being centred on the practice and less about the final aesthetics and project. Marton talks about how his work often focuses on decolonization and the junctions of many cultures in Honduras & Panama. How fitness, health and his work becomes a healing process.
*Recorded during the pandemic
Costa Rican artist Marton Robinson has an interdisciplinary background informed by his studies in both Physical Education and Art and Visual Communication. He completed an MFA at the University of Southern California. Robinson’s art, which is informed mainly by African- American traditions, challenges the conventional representations of black identities in art history, mainstream culture, and the official national narratives, especially those of Costa Rica. With an often ironic and rhetorical take on the constructs of racism, this practice endeavours to confront the hierarchies and conceptions inherited from colonialism to subvert the mindsets and prejudices ingrained in our social experience. Robinson’s work exposes the nuances present in the Afro-Latino expertise, enriching the critical discourse of contemporary works of the African Diaspora.
Robinson has participated in exhibitions in spaces such as: The Getty Center, California; Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, Costa Rica; Vincent Price Art Museum, California; Fundación Ars TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica; Museo de Arte Costarricense; New Wight Gallery, California; X Bienal Centroamericana, Costa Rica; Pacific Standard Time LA/LA; Aidekman Arts Center, Boston; Le Palais de Tokyo, France; Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen, Norway; Centro de la Imagen, México; ARTBO, Colombia; Prizm Art Fair; Mandeville Gallery, New York; Gallery GVCC, Casablanca; Museo Amparo, México; 21st Biennial Contemporary Art Sesc Videobrasil.
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