Ordinary / Extraordinary: The democratization of art or the will to change things

June 4 to July 3, 2016

Historic Center, Guatemala City

The 20 Bienal de Arte Paiz, celebrates 40 years of supporting the Guatemalan visual arts by the Fundación Paiz for art and culture. The twentieth edition aspires to greater inclusiveness by bringing the public closer to contemporary art, through the promotion of a simple and direct dialogue as a first step for a better understanding of the art of our time. In the historic center of Guatemala City, the Bienal de Arte Paiz  will endeavor to close the gap that exists between the public and the work of art through participatory works and other works inspired by the idea of art and life. The works, created by national and international artists, span from the sixties to the present. The 20 Bienal de Arte Paiz will also explore the notion of the everyday through various themes: Deconstructions, Obsessions, and the Exercise of Collecting Objects; Environments (Observation, Space and Place); Individual and Social Identity; Politics and Activism; and the Ordinary Unconscious.


Participating artists

  1. Esvin Alarcón Lam, Guatemala
  2. Chini Ayarza, Chile
  3. Guy Ben-Ner, Israel
  4. Marilyn Boror, Guatemala 
  5. Nicolás Consuegra, Colombia
  6. Rochelle Costi, Brazil
  7. Carlos Cruz-Diez, France/Venezuela
  8. Glenda León, Cuba
  9. María Ignacia Edwards, Chile
  10. Magdalena Fernández, Venezuela
  11. Hamish Fulton, England
  12. Dora García, Spain
  13. Alejandra Gónzalez Escamilla, Guatemala 
  14. Felix Gonzales-Torres, E.E.U.U.
  15. Alexandra Grant, E.E.U.U.
  16. G.R.A.V., France
  17. Cao Guimarães. Brazil
  18. Kimsooja. Korea
  19. Julio Le Parc, Francia/Argentina
  20. Los Torreznos, Spain
  21. Juan Maurilio Mendoza, Guatemala
  22. Ernesto Neto, Brazil
  23. David Pérez (karmadavis), R. Dominicana/Guatemala
  24. Raqs Media Collective, India
  25. Sara Ramo, Brasil/Spain
  26. Pedro Reyes, Mexico
  27. Cristián Salineros, Chile
  28. Sitio/Seña, Guatemala
  29. Rirkrit Tiravanija, E.E.U.U
  30. Sergio Valencia Salazar, Guatemala
  31. Lawrence Weiner, E.E.U.U


Curatorial team

Alma Ruiz, Curator 20 Bienal de Arte Paiz

Alexia Tala, Editorial / Co-curator 20 Bienal de Arte Paiz

Carla Natareno, Coordinator, 20 Bienal de Arte Paiz

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