Around Town: Celebrating Contemporary Guatemalan Art: Conversations with Artists & Curators

Fri, March 6, 2015 6:30 pm at The New School - Theresa Lang Community and Student Center

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Celebrating Contemporary Guatemalan Art:
Conversations with Artists & Curators

In recent years Guatemalan artistic production has been extremely powerful, with an emergence of both critical and whimsical artistic practices responding to the violence, repression and historical memory of the previous decades in Guatemala, but also its unique sense of contemporaneity, indigeneity and radical urban imagination. Contemporary Guatemalan artists such as Regina José Galindo, Benvenuto Chavajay, Jorge de León and many others are recognized widely not only in the context of Central/Latin America, but receive much acclaim on the world stage, while contemporary urban art spaces like NuMu and Proyectos Ultravioleta are notable for their inventive curatorial practices and creative public engagement.

This unique event showcases the exciting energy around contemporary artistic and curatorial practices emerging in Guatemala today. It features artists including Jessica Kairé, Terike Haapoja and Jamie Permute, who will present recent projects conducted in Guatemala, curators Anabella Acevedo and Pablo José Ramírez (joining remotely from Guatemala), and Prof. Nitin Sawhney from The New School Media Studies program. Sawhney, Acevedo and Ramirez are co-organizing the exhibition initiative Guatemala Después which will open this April (on view April 9-29) at The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons/The New School and at Ciudad de la Imaginación in Guatemala this June, featuring the work of over 40 Guatemalan and US-based artists.

The conversation will be moderated by María Del Carmen Carrión, ICI’s Director of Public Programs & Research, followed by an informal mixer with Guatemalan food and drinks, and a performance by Guatemalan musician Isabel Ruano.

Free and open to the public

This event will be live streamed; food and drinks will be served.
Follow the live stream here (7-9pm EST).

To attend, please RSVP to with "Guatemala" in the subject line.

Please see the recently launched Kickstarter Campaign for Guatemala Después to learn more and contribute to this exciting new project.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Independent Curators International (ICI), Ciudad de la Imaginación as well as The School of Media Studies, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC), and Vera List Center for Art and Politics; it is co-sponsored by the University Student Senate (USS) at The New School.

Image: NuMu is a collaborative project between Guatemalan artists Jessica Kairé and Stefan Benchoam. The images above show an exhibition by artist Federico Herrero. Guatemala City, July 2012. This was also the inaugural exhibition at NuMu.

Last updated: 2015-09-09 23:02:04

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