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With the general curatorship of Gerardo Mosquera and the curatorial team Maya Juracán, Esperanza De León and Laura Wellen, the 21st edition of the Paiz Art Biennial, one of the most emblematic events in the visual arts of Guatemala since 1978, will spread beyond the borders of the country, from its capital to various departments, beyond time and space, under an exceptional and transgressive concept, a "beyond" that does not mean a theme but rather a methodological axis that seeks to create a model of action, collective participation and diversification.
In the words of Gerardo Mosquera, the "beyond" axis proposes a biennial model that is more contextual and inclusive, communitary, rhizomatic, decentralized in space and time, and more communicative with the public: a constellation of different activities in response to the Guatemalan context and in keeping with the evolution of the Paiz Art Biennial as a living event.
In this new edition of the Paiz Art Biennial, which stands out as the sixth oldest biennial in the world and the second oldest in Latin America, more than 35 national and international artists and participants will be presented, ranging from the Chinese artist Xu Zhen to the Brazilian Cildo Miereles, including personal exhibitions by the Spanish war photographer Gervasio Sánchez and the Guatemalan abstract artist Diana de Solares; as well as workshops, lectures, performances and "artivist" actions by artists such as Tania Bruguera from Cuba; an exhibition of posters with photographs of people forcibly disappeared during the Guatemalan civil war that the organization H.I.J.O.S. displays in the streets; even a popular festival organized by Humberto Vélez from Panama with the community of Sumpango and their traditional giant kites as protagonists.
Although the main core of activities of the 21st Paiz Biennial will take place from 16 August to 16 September 2018, they will extend until October and began before its official opening, for example with the inauguration of the public murals “Héroes Anónimos” in San Pedro La Laguna, created by Tz'utujil artists belonging to the collective Canal Cultural, and the renovation of the Mayan altar in the community of Comalapa.
The Biennial will also include exhibitions of Guatemalans in spaces outside the country, in collaboration with the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (H.I.J.O.S.) and the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (Naufus Ramírez Figueroa), both in Mexico City, and the NG Gallery (Sandra Monterroso) in Panama.
Biblioteca Beluba Luba Furendei (Izabal)
Casa Celeste (Guatemala)
Casa de la Memoria (Guatemala)
Casa Municipal, Antigua Tipografía Sánchez & De Guise (Guatemala)
Casa Ibargüen (Guatemala)
Centro Cultural de España (Guatemala)
Centro Cultural Municipal (Guatemala)
Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Sacatepéquez)
Comunidad de San Juan Comalapa (Chimaltenango)
Comunidad de San Pedro La Laguna (Sololá)
Comunidad de Sumpango (Sacatepéquez)
Municipalidad de Rabinal (Baja Verapaz)
Concepción 41 (Sacatepéquez)
Embajada de México (Guatemala)
Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala (Guatemala)
Galería NG (Panama)
Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (Mexico)
Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, UNAM (Mexico)
From press information.
Images on top: Humberto Vélez & Comunidad de Sumpango: Rajawal Tinamit/El Espíritu del Pueblo, © photo Herbert Burrion. Mayan altar in Comalapa, renewed by the 21st Paiz Biennial. Alexia Miranda: Plataforma flotante para anidar los sueños. © Photos: Courtesy of Fundación Paiz.