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The Pigeon and the Puddle: A Controversial Song

May 8 – July 17, 2021


Z’otz* Collective


Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano, Ilyana Martínez





Gentiane Belanger


As part of a series dedicated to youth, this exhibition addresses the immigrant experiences of displacement, transition and transformation, by way of quirky and humorous collaborative drawings, sculptures and in-situ ephemeral wall drawings.

Z’otz* Collective rests on the combined creativity of Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano and Ilyana Martínez. Drawing is their primary means of expression and is used to visually respond to one another and to their surroundings, by means of a distributed method. Drawings get typically passed between each other, resulting in authorless works imbued with a heavily hybridized aesthetics. This collaborative approach conveys an intertwined understanding of reality, where the natural ream extends into the supernatural; the human nature into animal beings; the biological realm into the spiritual.

Their work connects to the storytelling traditions of their Latin American background. Fantastical scenes and creatures, owing to ancient gods and mythologies as much as to cultural cues of our present, tell tales of displacement in an aesthetic language referencing Pre-Hispanic art forms. The narrative aspect of their work remains open to interpretation on the part of viewers, who are expected to contribute their own informed imagination to the story-telling enacted in the gallery, like a fourth essential collaborator.