I am an artist, researcher and social activist, working within the field of non-conventional narratives, such as experimental and documentary filmmaking practices, video-art and video installation.
My work is concerned with the iconography of formats -the social associations that images evoke, such as how super 8mm evokes intimacy, handheld of home movies, and video of immediacy and surveillance-, but also with the changing nature of revolutionary praxis, what’s often referred to as political and activist art. I developed a dialogue between overloaded categories, such as political, oppositional and subversive art, to encourage reflection, not only about the efficacy of artistic forms of resistance, but also about the very nature of political filmmaking.
I am interested on multiculturalism, transnationalism, urban politics and ideologies of power, utilizing such notions as discursive diasporas’, geographies of exclusion, and structural violence. My multidisciplinary research deals with the disappearance of social and personal memory and how, through the use of media artifacts, novel configurations of memory can be re-instituted.
I was born in 1977 in the city of Leon in Mexico, from the marriage between Reynaldo Arroyo and Leticia Avila. I moved to Montreal to live with my only sister, Ivon, in 2004. I’m happily married to Anggie since 2009 and we both consider Montreal our new home. Leonardo-Kai, our son, was born in December 2011. He is now learning to talk, calling me Papa every morning. We are all together in this dance.
MVAS:Index A 2013
Melbourne Video Art Society
Nov 29- Dec 21 2013
Kings ARI Gallery
My video piece Parc Mont-Royal is currently part of the exhibition MVAS: Index A 2013, curated by members of the Melbourne Video Art Society, in Melbourne, Australia.