Entitled ‘Lost. En Medio. Together’, the 22nd Bienal de Arte Paiz brings together 40 artists between May 6 and June 6, 2021, in Guatemala. With Alexia Tala as chief curator and Gabriel Rodriguez Pellecer as assistant curator, the biennial proposes a debate on the world situation, focusing on the Global South. The event also has two individual exhibitions, one on the Guatemalan artist Aníbal López, and the other on the Chilean Paz Errázuriz.
How to face the past of the Global South today? Where do we identify colonizing violence? How do we respond to them? What past do we build for the future? Issues like these are stimulated by the curatorial project. Brazilian artists such as Jonathas de Andrade, Detanico Lain, Vanderlei Lopes and Ayrson Heráclito participate. The exhibitions are divided between the municipalities of Antigua and Ciudad de Guatemala.
What is the meaning of the things that happen in the world today? Where are we going? Our time is defined by the uncertainty and the return of these questions. According to the curatorial text, this confusion is determined by a way of relating to the past and the future, a relationship full of obstacles and contradictions that trapped us in a sense of “no way out”: hate speech and intolerance that was thought today overcome are back with force .; the ‘technologized’ life from the moment, affecting the way of life of people and invisible voices for centuries, claiming its place in history. These contradictory phenomena draw a complex reality in contemporary times, based on the difficulty of both interpreting the past and projecting our destiny. Some thinkers call this disorientation ‘presentism’.