curated and produced: joaquín orellana’s paisajes sonoros

I had the unparalleled honor to curate and produce “Paisajes Sonoros,” a retrospective exhibit of maestro Joaquín Orellana’s life and work. This Guatemalan composer has created dozens of haunting and unique pieces throughout his life, all of which invoke Guatemala’s social spheres, physical environs, and political struggles. To do this, Orellana invented his “sound utensils” … More curated and produced: joaquín orellana’s paisajes sonoros

the design store at la nueva fábrica

When we started conceptualizing the “gift shop” at La Nueva Fábrica, we recognized the desire to do something completely different from the gift shops already found across Antigua. We wanted to provide a space to elevate Guatemalan artisans doing something truly different, local brands that represented high-quality design, and businesses that positively impact local artists, … More the design store at la nueva fábrica

paiz bienal preview of la nueva fábrica

For the 2018 Bienal Paiz, New Roots Foundation had a private preview of the new La Nueva Fábrica art center, with exhibitions-in-progress from Lake Verea and Lissie Habie. This was the first time any members of the public had viewed Guatemala’s newest contemporary art space, and they were truly blown away; there is nothing like … More paiz bienal preview of la nueva fábrica

performance art piece: fragility and violence

Performed and collaborated in this untitled performance art piece, recorded via video and stills. Under dozens of edible flowers rested a pistol, which was slowly uncovered as I consumed the flowers, one by one. The whole process took over 40 minutes, and became increasingly unpleasant to eat the bitter, acrid, acidic blooms. All the while, … More performance art piece: fragility and violence

gold, goods, and glory

Gold, Goods and Glory Sarah Alix Mann, 2017 Acrylic on wood Satellite imagery of cacao production in Pucallpa and Loreto, Peru and palm oil in Riau, Indonesia from Global Forest Watch Exhibited September 2017 at Meson Panza Verde Gallery

artist residency with antonio and benvenuto

This is our last week having Guatemalan artists Antonio Pichillá and Benvenuto Ch’ab’aj’ay at the New Roots Foundation artist residency in Santa Ana, Guatemala. I have to say that seeing their work develop over time and hearing their vast philosophies and personal journeys behind their artwork has been beyond inspiring. From themes invoking colonial conquest … More artist residency with antonio and benvenuto

The Venice Biennale

Accompanied the Centre Pompidou Foundation at the Venice Biennale for a variety of tours, artist visits, and curator discussions. Definitely became more familiar with – and a bigger fan of – contemporary art during this trip.