The Institute for Creative Exchange of the Americas (ICE) is the first Pan-American organization to offer a content platform for creativity and art professionals. ICE brings together artists, writers, academics and cultural professionals in an international interdisciplinary exchange that allows unexplored histories and artistic practices to develop. The goal is to become the main source of art and creativity for individuals and institutions in the Americas. ICE is transdisciplinary, through emerging dynamics and the participation of highly respected professionals in the field.
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Salvador Alanis (Mexico City, 1964) is a poet and cultural promoter. His interest in interdisciplinary work has led him to experiment with visual arts, video, performance, and to produce film and television. He has been a communication consultant for cultural institutions and social organizations in Mexico and Canada. He has been a scholarship recipient of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts on four occasions and his work in electronic media has won multiple international awards. His books have been translated into English and French and he has collaborated with magazines and newspapers in Mexico and Spain. He is co-founder, along with photographer Ximena Berecochea, of the Institute for Creative Exchange, in Toronto. This non-profit organization, which offers a platform for creative exchange and development for artists seeking to expand their activities internationally.
The institute has worked with Mexican artists such as Mario Bellatin, Gustavo Artigas, Margo Glantz, Francisco Goldman, Nicolás Pereda, Yoshua Okón, Roberto de la Torre, Ulises Mora, Gerardo Montiel Klint, among others. With the institute he directed and produced the documentary 20.90, about the generation of Mexican artists that emerged in the 90s. This documentary will be in theaters in 2020.
Ximena Berecochea is a photography-based artist who has simultaneously developed an academic career in the field of literature. In addition to her degree in Photography, she has a PhD in Latin American Literature from the University of Toronto and is currently a professor at York University. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in curated and juried galleries and museums internationally in Mexico, Canada, the United States, Spain and China. She has been recognized and supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Banff Center for the Arts and the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) in Mexico. His photographic work is part of the Walter Phillips Collection of the Banff Center for the Arts (Canada), the National Photo Library of the INAH in Mexico, the Collection of the Museo Del Carmen (Mexico) and different independent collectors in Spain, Mexico, Canada and the United States.
She is also a member of the National System of Art Creators in Mexico.
The conceptualization of language, representation and aesthetics are fundamental in her artistic work. Ximena translates or expands literary forms into visual production and explores the possibilities of the photographic medium. The thematic line of her most recent works is related to the diaspora and how images can articulate the experience of being and connecting in specific contexts. She addresses issues of belonging and alienation, working not to suture, but to expose and articulate the fissures.
Frequentle Asked Questions
Yes! ICE is open to anyone interested in exploring their artistic process and learning from other artists. Unless otherwise stated, all of our activities are designed to include emerging and professional artists.
Yes, we do on occasion offer free programming. The best way to learn more about our free events and programs is by signing up to our mailing list.
All of our ICE programs, events and workshops are offered in English.
While many of our speakers and guest artists are from Latin America, we do not solely focus on Latin American arts. ICE work with artists from across the Americas, including Canada, USA, Mesoamerica, and the Caribbean to bring you insightful and culturally diverse knowledge exchanges.
At this point, the ICE Immersion Series Program does not offer a diploma or professional certification. ICE provides the opportunity to create and explore creativity within a flexible learning environment freely. Participants will have the possibility of exhibiting collective and individual works produced during this five-day creative immersion.
We currently do not offer scholarships. Please sign up to our mailing list to stay up to date with the latest development regarding scholarship opportunities.