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Beyond own worlds and personal wounds: The work of Alfredo Ceibal and Sandra Monterroso at the 21th Paiz Art Biennale

Posted on September - 4 - 2018

Alfredo Ceibal. Photo: Scoop Art

Last week Scoop Art presented a brief outline of what the Paiz Art Biennale is showing this year in its 21st edition. As part of its talented selection of artists, both local and international, Scoop Art is proud to represent two artists that are participating in the awaited event under the guiding hand of Gerardo Mosquera, assisted by Maya Juracán, Esperanza De León and Laura Wellen. The assortment of artists includes the work of Alfredo Ceibal exhibited at the Centro Cultural Municipal in the city of Guatemala, and Sandra Monterroso at the NG Gallery in Panama City.

Spanning a career that started in New York since the 1980s’, Ceibal is a prolific artist whose work deals with themes of identity and his recurrent research on the meaning of the Anthropocene and the impacts that this new age of human interference has had on the world. At the 21st Paiz Art Bienal, the work of Ceibal is set as an installation of drawings, where color is absent, and the main protagonists are the sinuous lines that construct other worlds and realities imagined by the artist. The intricate detail of Ceibal’s drawings invites the spectator to immerse in the minuscule world that only endures as an ethereal land that exists in the artist’s creation. The exhibition is part of many in the picturesque colonial building and welcomes spectators to navigate through its corridors.

Alfredo Ceibal. Photo: Scoop Art

A few countries away, the work of Guatemalan artist Sandra Monterroso is displayed in the young gallery NC Gallery, established in 2014. As a geographical and symbolic extension of the Paiz Art Biennale, the work that Monterroso presents is entitled Hybris: Organic Wound/ Historical Wound (Hybris: Herida Orgánica/ Herida Histórica). This series originated from previous work done by the artist entitled Distortions and Imperfections (Distorciones e Imperfecciones), which materialized the interests of the artist to explore the relationship between the traditional achiote ink, and the marks that it leaves in paper, textiles and the skin. The succession of works Monterrroso presents in NC Gallery deal with the historical scars left from Colonial times and the way in which they can be healed through restoring and ancestral practices which also incorporate the achiote with its usages not only for dying but also as a medicinal herb. Monterroso work thus is informed by historical traditions and comments of the symbolic value of achiote in the region’s material culture.

The work of Ceibal and Monterroso is both personal and engaging, welcoming anyone who is interested in dwelling in the artists’ own world or personal narratives. We invite you familiarize with their work and how they relate to the Biennales curatorial concept: beyond.

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz

Sandra Monterroso “Distorciones 10”. Courtesy: the Artist

Sandra Monterroso “La Otra Línea Histórica”. Courtesy: the Artist