Anabella Acevedo. Independent Guatemalan researcher. She has published numerous essays in books, magazines and newspapers on Guatemalan literature and art. She was director of the Ciudad de la Imaginación project. She has worked as a university lecturer and has curated contemporary art exhibitions. She received a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Grant and a research grant from the Fundación Jumex. Co-founder, together with Rosina Cazali, of the LAICA Project, dedicated to research, reflection and dissemination of contemporary art in Guatemala. She lives in Quetzaltenango.
Entrepreneur by nature, architect by heart and training, collective thinker, technophile, passionately building cities for people: Alejandro’s creative energy is fuelled by an intertwined loop of collective intelligence, multidisciplinary cross-pollination and an addiction to thinking/generating creative solutions to ‘glocal’ problems. Alejandro holds a BA in Economics and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently director of TORUS (architecture and technology studio), and the start-up SYNTROPY (measuring environmental quality in Guatemala). He is currently a participant (as co-creator and/or director) of the following: SmartCityGuatemala, Barranqueando, Mesa de Barranqueros, Despertemos Guatemala, Bienal de Arquitectura de Guatemala, Festival del Agua, and many other initiatives revolving around urbanism, activism, chronic malnutrition, citizen participation and architecture. He has taught and lectured at several local and international universities.
Rosina Cazali Escobar
Curator of international biennials and exhibitions in different parts of Latin America, the United States and Spain, Rosina has studied art at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and was Director of the Centro Cultural de España in Guatemala from 2003 to 2007. Curator of Móbil, exhibition by Regina Galindo (Bicentennial of Independence, MUAC, Mexico, 2011) Coordinator of the symposium El día que nos hicimos contemporáneos (MADC, Costa Rica, 2014). Recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for research (2010); Prince Claus Award for her career as a curator and writer (Amsterdam, 2014); Fundación Júmex research grant (Mexico, 2017). Co-founder of Proyecto Laica (2015) and organiser of the symposium Pasos a Desnivel (2019). Member of the advisory board of MUAC (Mexico).
Beto Díaz Suárez
Specialist in contemporary art and collections. He studied International Business at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. His main interests are social activism through curatorial practice and contemporary art, which is why he has complemented his training with courses, workshops and diplomas in art, philosophy, literature and education in various educational and cultural institutions. He has collaborated in different independent art spaces and has participated as a moderator and speaker in various forums. He currently works in the Curatorial and Innovation area of the FEMSA Collection and is part of the NoAutomático team, an independent space for artistic production and research.
Collaborator of the 22nd Paiz Art Biennial alongside visual artist Jonas Staal, with their joint project Collectivize Facebook, Jan Fermon, is a lawyer at the Bar of Brussels (Belgium) since 1989. He specializes in criminal law, international (humanitarian) law and human rights law. Since 2005 Fermon is a bureau member of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), the biggest international organisation of progressive jurists, founded in 1946 by lawyers who were active in the Resistance, for which he currently serves as Secretary General. Fermon has represented trade unionist against attempts to criminalize collective action, victims of the genocide in Rwanda and of war crimes committed by US troops during the war on Iraq and of NATO bombings in Libya. He was part of the legal team that successfully defended forty-one Kurdish activists accused of participation in the Kurdistan Worker‘s Party (PKK).
Julia Halperin is executive editor of artnet News, where she oversees editorial operations for the world’s most widely read art news site and manages a staff in London, Berlin, and New York. Previously, she served as museums editor of The Art Newspaper, where she oversaw international coverage of art institutions, and as news editor of Art + Auction magazine. Her writing has appeared in WIRED magazine, the New York Observer, and New York magazine. Halperin holds a BA in art history and English literature from Columbia University.
Participating artist of the 22nd Paiz Art Biennial, Ayrson Heráclito is a member of an Afro-Brazilian religion, more specifically in the Vodum branch, of a temple of Jeje Mahi, located in the area of Salvador, Brazil. Besides being an artist and curator, Heráclito is a Visual Arts lecturer at the Federal University of Recôncavo Bahiano, in the city of Cachoeira, Brazil, PhD in Communication and Semiotics, by the Catholic University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, Master in Visual Arts by the Federal University of Bahia. His installations, performances, photographs, and films are connected with elements from the Afro-Brazilian culture, and its connections between Africa and its diaspora within the American continent.
Guatemalan architect interested in the conservation of built heritage. He is an entrepreneur, tireless traveller, curious, collector of ideas, experiences and wisdom. He is interested in culture, contemporary artistic processes and the context in which they develop. He collaborates in various initiatives related to education, art and Guatemalan culture. Collector, scholar and promoter of contemporary art, his activities related to the world of art have allowed him to bring important works of local art to institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in Guatemala, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museo del Barrio in New York, MOCA and MOLA in Los Angeles California. Hugo is co-founder of GT 20/21, a publishing project that investigates the history and development of modern and contemporary art in Guatemala between 1871 and 2019, and is a member of the board of trustees of the Paiz Foundation for education and culture since 2014.
Gabriel Rodriguez Pellecer
Adjunct curator of the 22nd Paiz Art Biennial in Guatemala, Gabriel is also an artist and teacher trained in architecture. His work is a hybrid that brings together the three practices, combining and contrasting them in different projects. From cultural management he moved on to museographic assemblies to end up as a curator. His artistic searches have extended to other fields of creativity, giving practical and theoretical workshops, from art history and contemporary experimentation. This undefined practice has also led him to independent curatorship.
Participating artist of the 22nd Paiz Art Biennial, work deals with the relation between art, propaganda, and democracy. He is the founder of the artistic and political organization New World Summit (2012–ongoing). Together with Florian Malzacher he co-directs the training camp Training for the Future (2018-ongoing), and with human rights lawyer Jan Fermon he initiated the collective action lawsuit Collectivize Facebook (2020-ongoing). With writer and lawyer Radha D’Souza he founded the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (2021-ongoing) and with Laure Prouvost he is co-administrator of the Obscure Union. His latest book is Propaganda Art in the 21st Century (The MIT Press, 2019).
Gladys Turner Bosso
Architect, researcher and independent curator. Member of the Exhibitions Council of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá. Member of the collective Quorum Laboratorio Cultural, collaborative environment from the visual arts. Co-curator for Panama for the X Central American Biennial (Costa Rica, 2016). Collaborations in specialised publications, such as the collection of essays on urban art, De mi barrio a tu barrio. Streetart in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (ed. Goethe Institut, 2012), or the book Entre Siglos. Arte contemporáneo de Centroamérica y Panamá (ed. Fundación Rozas-Botrán, 2015).
María Jacinta Xón Riquiac
Maya-k’iche’, Anthropologist and Historian of Sciences, María Jacinta is also Manager and researcher of the TUX Project. Cocina Gourmet de Origen in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, a project dedicated to the investigation of the Science of Indigenous Women, through the family agriculture of the “milpa system”, the nutritional, chemical and culinary pre-Hispanic and pre-industrial logics. It also carries out research into different forms of women’s science, such as the use of fibres and textile techniques.