The Atlas is a research project that culminates in a publication made especially for the 22 Bienal de Arte Paiz in Guatemala. It contains diverse information about the country that will allow the contextualization of its main social, historical, cultural and geographical aspects. Its content will be an essential tool for the artists invited, from which topics of interest can be triggered to produce their works.


The publication, edited by Carol Illanes and Luis Pedro Taracena, is a rich compendium of visual material, composed of graphic data visualizations, cartographic representations, historical paintings, images of artists, archive photographs, historical and press images, author photographs and historical texts, as well as bibliographic articles, press materials, declarations and manifestos, school texts, musical scores, literature and dramaturgy, among others.

The book favors visuality and the materials themselves, preferring the information they deliver over interpretations of it. It is organized by transversal and/or “transhistoric” topics that cover different periods of local history, always with linkage to present-day Guatemala. Building on this relationship between past and present, these topics serve as a reading entry to the main issues that concern the country, each being a way of accessing the context.