Being First Gen in Canada: Reconnecting Via Art Making
Hola! This video is all about being a First Generation “Canadian” artist. What does that mean anyway? How to reconnect with one’s true ancestral roots while living thousands of miles away from those homelands? I share what my journey has been like and how it has enhanced my creativity. You will also see some of my most recent paintings and animated work to further illustrate the points I am making.
Thank you so much for watching and sharing with an open heart and mind. Gracias, M.C Cruz
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M.C Cruz a.k.a Chris is a child of Chilean immigrants. Who was born, raised and currently based in Toronto but has lived all over the world, including two years in Chile and more recently an Artist Residency in Morocco and Spain. They attended Etobicoke School of Arts and majored in Visual Arts before moving to Vancouver to study film and video production at Capilano University. They facilitated filmmaking workshops for marginalized communities as part of Fright Film Academy and Fright Film School. They have written, directed and produced several live action and animated short films including “Vampyric PSA”, “La Llorona” and “Root Causes”. Their painting series "Refuge From Home" has been showcased at the University of Toronto and Toronto City Hall this past October 2019.
Their goal is to keep on creating art that challenges the status quo and telling stories with meaning and passion.