The Paiz Art Biennial is back in Guatemala

The XXIII Paiz Art Biennial, named "Bebí palabras sumergidas en sueños (I drank words submerged in dreams)" after an excerpt from a poem by Maya Cú, is being held across diverse venues in Guatemala City and Antigua from the 13th until the 30th of July.

Curated by Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig and Juan Canela, the Biennial brings together thirty artists and collectives, with a particular emphasis on the work of five pioneering women. Celebrated as an "inspiration, anchor, and starting point of the event", Margarita Azurdia, Ana Mendieta, Fina Miralles, Maria Terezha Negreiros, and Cecilia Vicuña take centre stage. 


Margarita Azurdia, Rabinal from the Series Geometric Paintings, 1973, Acrylic on canvas. John Gody Collection.


The organisers explain that the artworks presented in five locations "delve into linguistic, poetic, dreamlike, telluric, political, psychic, emotional, or affective territories in which materialities, subjectivities and desires take shape from the conviction of building bridges". 


Full list of participants:  


Carolina Alvarado (Mexico-Guatemala); Margarita Azurdia (Guatemala); Minia Biabiany (Guadeloupe); Marilyn Boror Bor (Guatemala); Zoila Andrea Coc-Chang (Guatemala-United States); Josué Castro (Guatemala); Roberto Escobar Raguay (Guatemala); Laia Estruch (Spain); Adler Guerrier (Haiti-United States); Colectivo Ixqcrear - Elena Caal Hub, Ixmukane Quib Caal and Ixmayab' Quib Caal - (Guatemala); Yavheni de León (Guatemala); Ana Mendieta (Cuba-United States); Fina Miralles (Spain); Helen Mirra (United States); Julieth Morales (Colombia); Verónica Navas González (Costa Rica); Maria Thereza Negreiros (Brazil-Colombia); The New Material Culture - Bryan Castro and Valeria Leiva (Guatemala); Itziar Okariz (Spain); Eliazar Ortiz Roa (Dominican Republic); Lourdes de la Riva (Guatemala); Sallisa Rosa (Brazil); Duen Neka'hen Sacchi (Argentina); Ix Shells (Panama); Colectivo Tz'aqol - Victor Manuel Barillas and Marta Tuyuc - (Guatemala); Colectivo Tz'aqaat - Cheen (Cortez) and Manuel Chavajay (Guatemala); Juana Valdés (Cuba-United States); Cecilia Vicuña (Chile); Martín Wannam (Guatemala-United States); Risseth Yangüez Singh (Panama). 


XXIII Paiz Art Biennial


Cover image: Fina Miralles, Paraules a l’arbre, 1975 - Courtesy of the artist