Perverse Geography /Damned Geographies

Perverse Geography  /Damned Geographies 

Symposium of the 22nd Paiz Art Biennial – Lost. In between. Together

Ancestry and cultural resistance, systemic violence and inequality: 

Local and international multidisciplinary perspectives establish a platform to discuss Guatemala’s cultural context related to the Global South.

If it were not for poetry

the world would have become mute by now.

Humberto Ak’abal

This symposium aims to bring about reflections on those topics raised by the 22nd Paiz  Art Biennial.  Lost. In Between, Together. This series of meetings constitute a platform to discuss diverse aspects of Guatemala’s cultural context and its intersections, such as the complexities characteristic of the Global South in the past, present and future. The proposed entry points for such reflections address aspects related to ancestral knowledge, memory, territory and materiality. Perverse Geography / Damned Geographies presents a critical view of power relations, justified by the colonialist vision, from the native peoples’ perspective. In dialogue with artistic proposals that deal with historical violence, inequalities and conflicts faced by Guatemalan society today, the papers in this section invite us to rethink  different realities.  

In a country whose State was founded on the logics of domination, derived from racialization, sensualisation and naturalization, and now affected by economic globalization and migration, largely produced by the climate change crisis and displacement, these debates. continue to be of dire need. Proposing connections with experiences and causes of other contexts and to be willing to listen ourselves and one another, among voices that have usually been silenced, thinking together while considering other cosmogonic and epistemological notions, allows us to strengthen strategies that articulate support networks and bring people together. The late Maya K’iche’ poet Humberto Ak’abal who, as Miguel Rojas Mix says, “thinks as we wish the majority would think”, has guided the path of these debates