Hello! My name is Daniela Tovar a.k.a. Danto. I was born and raised in Mexico City, where I became a licensed Architect and practiced for several years. In 2004 I moved to Canada to study Film Production and after the first years of living in Vancouver, I started to gain a new understanding of the different peoples that form Mexico and how they relate to people around the world.
Distance has given me a perspective of my own culture that I would never have acquired if I had stayed in my home city. In my early approach to art, I was interested in the impact that social structures have in the development of our modern ways of living, especially in the shaping of the city.
The city has been a constant theme in my work. I am interested in the way cities are organized structures for communal survival as well as organized spaces for isolation.
Presently I am working to research the indigenous practices of Mexico, especially the spiritual practices that still inform our modern culture, though in a world that mostly favours the tangible, they are overlooked. This makes it all the more important to have a better understanding of why we live the way we live. Art can bring to the foreground misunderstood historical contexts.
Understanding our past is the only way to decode our present and have a better comprehension of ourselves and our place in history.
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