Atlas is an Investigation culminating in a special publication for Guatemala’s 22nd Paiz Art Biennial. It contains contextual information about different social, historical, cultural and geographical aspects of the country. Its content will be an essential tool for the invited artists, and is aimed at triggering issues of interest for the production of their works.


The publication is a rich compendium of visual material, including graphically visualized data, 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 other material.


The book favors visuality and the materials in 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 point of entry into the main issues that concern the country, each of which provides a way of accessing the context.