Manolo Lugo


Manolo Lugo is a Mexican born Toronto-based artist and educator working in performance, video, photography, and installation. His work speaks to the conditions of migrancy, precarity and queerness in advanced capitalism. He has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally in venues including the University of Toronto’s Art Centre, AGO’s First Thursdays, Sur Gallery, TRANSMUTED International Festival of Performance Art (Mexico City), LIVE Biennial of Performance Art (Vancouver), Visualeyez Performance Art Festival (Edmonton), among other venues. He received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University and completed a Masters of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto in 2013. He has worked as a faculty in the Visual Studies Department at the University of Toronto and at OCAD University; he is currently the Digital Media Technician in the Studio Arts Program at the University of Toronto, Scarborough as well as a specialist in Art Documentation.


Why did you get involved in this project?

Because I thought it was a great way to collaborate in a very democratic manner.

Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?

It helped to organize my time more efficiently.

How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?

It was liberating and helped me surrender the desire to control.

Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?

It reminded me that collaboration in creative works can be much richer of an experience than working in isolation.

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