Juan Cisneros Neumann: It Was Something and Then It Became Something Else

January 27 to March 11

“It Was Something and Then It Became Something Else” is the result of several cups of coffee and months of conversations between Juan Cisneros and Unit/Pitt curator Jamie Ward. Their interactions range from issues of politics to the stress of being a Second Class Citizen that is often invisible to the general public body. Notions of identity and heritage, colonialism and power are explored in a drawn installation made from chili peppers and beeswax and divided by ethnic fabrics. Halfway through the show, Juan will slowly begin the erasure of the piece, eliminating the art from the white cube. Alongside the installation in the galleries’ library Juan has also included a 2 channel video piece called South-South.

An accompanying publication will also be produced for the exhibit and available as a limited edition print.

Juan Cisneros Neumann is a recent Visual Arts graduate of the Emily Carr University. Since 2006 he has worked in advertising, television and animated films. His current studio is located in the heart of Chinatown in the Downtown East Side. His work is based primarily on drawing but is constantly supported by sculpture, video, publications and installation. Born and raised in Mexico city, Juan currently lives and works in Vancouver, B.C.