NG Art Gallery is part of the 21 Paiz Art Biennal in Guatemala. The project consists of a personal exhibition by the Guatemalan artist Sandra Monterroso, curated by Gerardo Mosquera.
“The selected works are part of two series that I have been working with since last year. The creative impulse or what I call “detonator” was to see my mother peel the achiote seeds from the pods of the plant. When I saw his hands dyed red, I went through the camera and began to document. I brought the achiote powder to the studio and started experimenting, dyeing linen, paper, thread and my own skin. As a result I made the series Distortions and Imperfections in 2017.The series that I present in Panama is called Hibrys: Organic Wound / Historical Wound. There are works from the previous series, but also new ones. The selection has to do with historical, colonial wounds; In contrast, the proposal to heal such wounds from art, using organic materials such as Annatto, which has been used not only for cooking but also for healing wounds. It is a red powder that has been used throughout America, from north to south, and also to dye the body and perform rituals.” – Sandra Monterroso