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Michelle Peraza is a second-generation Latin American Canadian visual artist who centralizes LatinX identity within the discourse of coloniality. She creates large-scale figure paintings in oil of individuals close to her, people often dismissed from the art historical canon. Through figuration and a research-driven practice, she explores themes of postcolonialism, transculturation, feminism, refusal, resilience, ambiguity, extraction and relocation, the dissemination of images, and representation. In tandem with painting, Peraza explores a material-based practice working with 23k gold leaf, genuine silver leaf and amate/amatl (Mesoamerican tree bark) paper as an-other method of deconstructing the colonial narrative of power. Drawing and site-specific installation serve as methods to explore world-making aesthetic strategies and speaks to the exhaustion of natural resources in the Global South. 

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