OCAD U’s Luke Parnell participates in Mexico's Festival Internacional Cervantino

Artist Luke Parnell working at rooftop studio, Guanajuato, Mexico
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 2:30pm

Luke Parnell, Assistant Professor at OCAD University’s Faculty of Art is taking part as a resident artist at the 2019 Festival Internacional Cervantino  ̶  one of the largest arts festivals in the world. As this year's guest country at the festival, Canada will feature its vibrant and diverse arts sector on the stages and streets of Guanajuato, Mexico. As a resident artist, Parnell is working in a rooftop studio, with the backdrop of Guanajuato, October 13 to 19, 2019  His residency at Casa Canada will culminate in an artist talk open to the public:

Artist talk- Luke Parnell: Storyteller

Casa Canada, Guanajuato, Mexico

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1 p.m.

Luke Parnell is Wilp Laxgiik Nisga’a (House of Eagles) from Gingolx on his mother’s side and Haida from Massett on his father’s side.  His artistic training is both traditional and classical - he apprenticed with a Master Northwest Coast Indigenous carver and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from OCAD University and a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His medium is predominantly wood, however his materiality is determined on a project by project basis. Northwest coast Indigenous art is the basis of his practice and praxis, centering on narrative, specifically transformation narratives.

The Casa Canada/Canada House venue, presented by the Canadian Embassy in Mexico, features three weeks of immersive visual, literary, and performing arts programming that will deepen audiences’ experiences of Canadian arts and culture.

OCAD University would like to acknowledge the support and collaboration of the team at Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy of Canada in Mexico for helping to make this residency possible.