Paradis depicts a large, luxuriant garden enclosed by walls that both protect those inside and keep out intruders. Although it may seem legitimate to defend this paradise, Coco Guzman raises the question of sharing, of openness to others.
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, pavillon Pierre Lassonde
179, Grande Allée Ouest
February 17 to March 14
Tuesday to Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Opening – February 17, 5 p.m.
Coco Guzman has a master’s degree in comparative literature from Université Paris 8 and a degree in visual arts from the École supérieure des Beaux-arts in Toulouse. Her works have been shown in several museums, galleries and artists’ centres around the world, especially in Canada, the United States, South Korea and Spain. Guzman founded the Pio! Centre for Drawing in Toronto and was joint founder of the Colectivo Pez Luna / Moonfish Collective. The artist has received several awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council as well as the Artscape prize in 2015.