With the explosion of NFTs in the art world, there has been extensive discussion about the origin, purpose, and benefits of Crypto Art. Colectivo Último has been leading this conversation within Guatemala, opening many artists and designers to the potential pros of minting their artwork. The topic of NFTs is, in itself, a complicated one, … More curated the first digital and crypto art exhibit in guatemala
Having spent the past few years working at the intersection of art, design, and the process of collaborating with artisans, it was time to witness a cultural capitol for all three of the above: Oaxaca City, Mexico. I spent a week visiting artist studios, print workshops, galleries, artist residencies, schools for art, and numerous other … More art & artisan research trip to oaxaca
As of February 2021, I stepped in as the Curator and Gallery Manager for Galería Panza Verde, an institution of over 20 years which has shown some of Guatemala’s most widely recognized and respected artists. This small gallery exhibits a new artist every month, therefore it was an honor to oversee the reopening of the … More new curator for galería panza verde
There are few established spaces in Guatemala for artists to exhibit their work, and even fewer spaces that focus on emerging artists. At La Nueva Fábrica, we decided to start an initiative that would open more spaces and resources within our art space for emerging artists in Guatemala. I was able to put together the … More initiated new emerging artist gallery: íntimo
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
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
Oversaw the plan and execution for our massive opening party, which received over 500 guests and was the most talked-about event of the season, as well as finalizing the space. This included coordinating designs and construction of the garden, the store, the bathrooms, the café, and the two latest exhibitions. It likewise included the design … More grand opening: la nueva fábrica
Participated as an actress in the Aguacatón de Oro film-making festival and competition. The short film was selected as a top finalist.
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
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 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
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
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.