Mirna Chacín is a Venezuelan-born Canadian visual artist and freelance professional photographer who is passionate about working with people and telling their stories through images. Shortly before immigrating to Canada in 2011, she was awarded The University of Zulia’s Gold medal for her contribution to strengthening cultural identity and enriching Venezuelan Art history.
Her main solo exhibitions, “Dwellings” (1989-1991), “A Bike’s Tale” (1992-1994), and “The Visitors” (2000-2001), were shown in Art galleries in Venezuela, Uruguay, Italy, and France. Since she immigrated, Mirna has exhibited "The Paraguaná Project,” the first-ever immersive video mapping installation within a museum in Venezuela, at MACZUL (Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia) in November 2014. In Toronto, she exhibited “Where The Sun Rises,” a two days pop-up exhibition and video installation at Sur Gallery in July 2017.
Recently, Mirna was also part of the following collective shows in Canada:“Wall to Wall 2014“ a fundraiser exhibition at Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography; “TD Sunfest's Colores of Latin America” at The Arts Project in London,Ontario.February 2018; and “I Live Here” at Arts Etobicoke Storefront Gallery, January - February 2018.
Mirna has received grants from the RBC Arts Access Fund and Ontario Arts Council, and she is one of the recipient of the 2017 Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant from the Toronto Arts Council.
Thoughts About Art and Community
As a new Canadian aspiring to continue my evolution as an artist and becoming fully integrated into my new homeland , I may be able to contribute with my art expression to the enrichment of Toronto cultural diversity and equity as well as to inspire other immigrants to value and preserve their own cultural heritage in harmony with the new environment into which they should assimilate.
Photography, Digital Infrared photography, exhibitions , video installation