What is the gallery’s overall mission?
To foster experimentation in the arts through ongoing collaborations with artists, practitioners, thinkers, and other galleries that engage with the natural, social, political, historical, and economic circumstances of Guatemala, while maintaining an international conversation.
What are the biggest challenges to running an art gallery in your city or region?
Although Guatemala has a very rich and effervescent cultural scene and art history, there has been a major void regarding structural support from the government or the private sector towards art and culture, with only a handful of contemporary art collectors at most.
Yet we have a fascinating millenary history that starts with the Mayan civilization, was severely aggravated through the Spanish Colony, and further exacerbated through the U.S.–led coup d’état of 1954, which resulted in a Civil War that took the lives of over 200,000 Guatemalans through murders and forced disappearances.
We find that our obligation and biggest challenge is to create a space for artists and thinkers to engage our context through their practices, while simultaneously generating an economy to help support and sustain their voices and livelihoods in the long term.
How do you see your gallery changing over the next five years?
As our artists grow and continue to push their practices and attain the international recognition that they rightly deserve, we intend to continue to be by their side, to be best able to support them and mature together.