art projects & residency

About US

Members and collaborators of UNPACK STUDIO in Toronto and Havana

Alexandra Majerus

Director | Manager

Alexandra Majerus (aka Alex, aka Sandy) is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in photography, video performance and installation. With a half-Caribbean background and repeated migrations between Barbados and Canada, and five years in France as an au-pair/waitress/office-worker, she has had to adapt to different languages and cultures - post-colonial Caribbean, European metropolis and Toronto's multicultural city. This brought an awareness of how the institutionalization of cultural practices into norms plays out in people’s lives. Her practice engages with the notion of western culture, its categorizations (and stereotypes), often to examine issues of hybridity, displacement and gender.

Currently an MFA candidate at OCAD University in Toronto, her thesis is investigating the culture and history of Caribbean countries and their diasporas within their frameworks of colonialism and forms of neo-colonialism, in particular tourism. Majerus is interested in the dynamics of subjectivity, agency and identity that lie between the constructed perception of Paradise and lived experience.

Majerus has exhibited in Toronto, Barbados, the Bahamas, Trinidad, Grenada, Bulgaria, and Paraguay.


Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda

Curator | Art Contact

Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda is currently a member of the curatorial team at the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center as well as the International Biennial of Asunción and the Curitiba Biennial. She has organized the Theoretical Events of the Havana Biennials from 2003 through 2016. Dannys has worked as a researcher, curator and art critic and has published on Cuban, Latin American, North American and Spanish art. She has won several prizes, including Prize of Curatorship, I Salon de Arte Cubano Contemporaneo (1995) and Prize of Art Critique of CNAP (1998 and 2001). Dannys Montes de Oca has curated numerous exhibitions, including: El oficio del arte, CDAV, Havana 1995; Comment-peut-on etre cubain?, Maison de L'Amerique Latine, Paris (1998); Doble Seducción, Sala Amadis, Madrid(2003), Contactos y mediaciones. Poéticas digitales en Cuba, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada, 2005, Torbellino I y II. Santiago de Cuba y La Habana, 2010-2011, Open Score. La Habana, 2012, Entre, Dentro, Fuera/Between, Inside, Outside. Asunción, Paraguay and the Sasó Sapukai, First International Asunción Biennial. Asunción, Paraguay 2013, among others. She is co-author of Memoria: Cuban art of the 20th Century, California International Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, 2002, Mariano Rodríguez. Escandón Impresores, Sevilla 2003, Labores Domésticas. Género, Raza y Grupos Sociales en Cuba, UNION. La Habana, 2004, José A. Figueroa: un autorretrato cubano. TURNER, Madrid, 2009, amongst other books on Cuban art.



Omar Estrada

Curator

Omar Estrada is a Cuban visual artist who works with interdisciplinary installation, sound, video, interactivity, and narrative text. His artwork explores the tensions between Art, Science & Technology in the context of social structures, questioning the validity of political, cultural and knowledge approaches as absolute perceptions.

Since 1983, Estrada has had solo shows in Cuba, the Caribbean, South America and North America and has participated in group exhibitions in Cuba, Perú, Paraguay, France, Spain, Korea, Canada and the USA including the XII International Havana Biennial, in Havana, Cuba (2015), the I International Asuncion Biennial in Asuncion, Paraguay (2015) and the I Caribbean Triennial in Santo Domingo, DR (2010). Estrada received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts (ISA) in Havana, Cuba. He has taught Art at the bachelor and master degree level for more than 20 years. Estrada has been a curator at Unpack Studio Platform and Art Residency since 2013. He lives and works between Havana and Toronto.



Omar Alberto Estrada

Translator | Daily Coordinator

Omar Alberto has a Bachelor of Journalism from the Faculty of Journalism and Communication from the University of Havana.

He has contributed articles in visual arts and culture to Bohemia Magazine, the Cuban News Agency and the Education TV channel, specially during the XII Havana Biennial.

Omar Alberto currently works at Radio Habana Cuba and coordinates Unpack Studio's art residency program in Havana as well as the collaboration agreement between the University of Arts in Havana (ISA) and Unpack Studio.