Messages from friends and colleagues who were unable to attend Gallery 1313:


I am so sad for the loss of a talented artist and friend. -Yoshiko Shimada – Tokio
Me apena saber esta noticia. -Antonio Mendoza
I am really sorry! Rest in peace. -Anica Vecetic – Belgrade
So sorry to hear about Amelia, that's sad. -Klyde Broox – Hamilton
Ay, que triste eso. -Yuneikys Villalonga – NYC
lo siento mucho, me pone triste saberlo; -Ricardo Valdés – Mexico City
That's so sad! I'm so sorry! -Mané Arratia - Hamilton
so very sad to hear this. -Shelly Bahl - NYC
I'm so sorry to hear about Amelia. So heart breaking. -Riel Brown – Toronto
so sorry to hear. -Gita Hashemi – Berlin
I am so sad. -Teresa Ascencao - Toronto
I am so sorry to hear that. -Doris Sung - Toronto
I had been thinking about her recently. I'm so sad to hear. -Alec Dempster – Toronto
I am sorry to hear this. -Sally Frater - Wichita, Kansas
I am so very sorry. -Shelley Porteous – Hamilton
It is big loss, I feel deeply sad. -Farouk Kaspaules – Ottawa

 

On April 9 Amelia Jiménez passed away at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. The celebration of her life at Gallery 1313 the following Friday brought together more people than could fit into the space - artists, art educators, community members, neighbours, friends and a family member from far away. Through poetry, music, letters and eulogies people shared their deep sorrow, as well as their admiration and gratitude for her friendship.

Amelia studied Education (1969-1972) and Fine Arts (1972-1976) at the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, Chile. Specializing in printmaking in Chile, and later at Studio Camnitzer in Lucca, Italy, she integrated printmaking in her installation and performance work. She participated in Artist Residencies in Serbia (2009), Chiloe, Chile (2005), Iquique, Chile (2005), Bogotá, Colombia (1984) and La Chasse Gallery in Toronto (1980). As part of her 2005 residency in Chile, she set up a printmaking studio in the northern city of Iquique, where she taught printmaking to students, teachers and local artists.

Public engagement is integral to Amelia's artistic practice. She was an active member of Red Tree and worked on many of the collective projects. In addition to teaching art in schools and conducting hands-on workshops, she collaborated with seniors, working women, immigrant women, residents at Sojourn House, Hungarian Roma women, Juravinski Cancer Centre staff and patients, migrant workers, Relatives of the Disappeared in Chile, as well as with other artists.

As a curator, she mentored many emerging Latina/o artists, and introduced established international artists to audiences in Toronto’s A Space Gallery, Gallery 1313, Propeller Centre, Toronto Free Gallery, Harbourfront Centre and York Quay Gallery.

Her artwork was exhibited extensively in Toronto, Hamilton (McMaster Museumof Art, The Print Studio and Workers' Arts and Heritage Centre), Winnipeg, Sault Ste Marie, Serbia, Chile, Cuba and Mexico. As an arts educator, Amelia delighted gallery and museum visitors (as a tour guide at the AGO), and inspired many children over the years teach art in French and English. She taught with the OAC's Artists in the Schools, as well as with Inner City Angels. Click here for exhibition history.

Artist Statement:
“I work on two-dimensional and three-dimensional installations with a diversity of materials. In recent years my work has become more interdisciplinary, incorporating performance, collaborations with artists from other disciplines, and working with non-arts community members. My work explores concepts and issues of time and space, collective and personal memory, displacement, territories and movement. I am interested in exploring a variety of visual supports and combining them with old and new techniques, printmaking and photography.”