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

felisa café: spatial and graphic design

Co-designed this unique space with Mitchell Denburg, President of New Roots Foundation. Felisa Café is the “museum café” located in the front garden of La Nueva Fábrica, and is one of the first things guests see upon entering. The concept was for two chicken buses (the traditional public transportation in Guatemala) to appear as if … More felisa café: spatial and graphic design

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

knowledge-sharing trip with the rainforest alliance

Thanks to a new partnership with the Rainforest Alliance in Guatemala, New Roots Foundation is able to connect ecotourism, reforestation, and sustainable forest management projects with parallel projects in other regions of Guatemala. The NRF executive team traveled to Petén with Rainforest Alliance leadership to for several days to explore sustainable agroforestry, harvesting certified forest … More knowledge-sharing trip with the rainforest alliance

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

places to watch: designing rapid response to deforestation alerts

In coordination with researchers and data scientists at Global Forest Watch / World Resources Institute, my task was to design a rapid-response system for real-time deforestation alerts, crowdsource information within the GFW network to investigate the cause and effects of the deforestation, and produce insightful storytelling via timely publications. Quote from the Global Forest Watch … More places to watch: designing rapid response to deforestation alerts

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

training journalists in the peruvian amazon

This October, Global Forest Watch sent me to Tarapoto, Peru, to give a two-day journalist training in partnership with Ojo Público. We covered the basics of satellite mapping, how to use the free, open-source Global Forest Watch platform to identify and create data-driven stories, and focused on the new Forest Watcher mobile application. After a … More training journalists in the peruvian amazon

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

visuals for better mental health care

Mental health care in Guatemala is notoriously underfunded and unavailable. But local NGO Saqirsan is not only opening the dialogue – they are revolutionizing the solution for improving care across Guatemala. I was lucky enough to be able to work with Saqirsan to develop some infographics and storytelling materials to better communicate their ground-breaking pilot … More visuals for better mental health care

thousands of trees planted in guatemalan communities

I had the honor of coordinating a new partnership between New Roots Foundation and One Tree Planted, resulting in the first round of planting of over 7,000 trees in our partner communities of San Andres Osuna and San Vicente Los Cimientos. These trees not only reforest the area, they will also provide sustainable income to … More thousands of trees planted in guatemalan communities

training journalists and civil society in mexico

In July 2017 I had the pleasure of leading back-to-back Global Forest Watch trainings in Mexico City; one with a large group of civil society organizations interested in issues relating to forests, and another with an impressive group of journalists looking to use data visualization in their environmentally-related stories. The workshops were in partnership with … More training journalists and civil society in mexico

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