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Jessica Lagunas

Born in 1971 in Nicaragua, Grew up in Guatemala
Lives and works in New York, USA

My work deals with the condition of woman in contemporary society, questioning her obsessions with body image, beauty, sexuality and aging. With a minimalist approach—and mostly conceptually based pieces—I use different media such as installations, video-performances, objects, prints, and embroidery.

Through subjects such as beauty rituals, menstruation, memories and nostalgia, I’m interested in questioning our relationships with things that we don’t talk about; those nuances and subtleties that we hardly notice nor question anymore; those things that we are taught from a very young age to hide and not to talk about; those things that we usually hide out of fear of others looking at our true self. I’m interested that my work be like a mirror where people can honestly look at themselves.

2011 – Privacy Please! – A.I.R. Gallery, New York, USA.
2011 – Disillusions: Gendered Visions of the Caribbean and its Diasporas – The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, New York, USA.
2010 – 16th International Festival of Contemporary Arts–City of Women – Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
2010 – Utrópicos – Central America & Caribbean: Archivacción, XXXI Bienal de Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain.
2010 – Caperucita ha crecido – Galería Antonia Puyó, Zaragoza, Spain.
2010 – Hair Tactics – Jersey City Museum, New Jersey, USA.
2009 – The Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 1: Embodied – Rollo Contemporary Art, London, UK.
2008 – Recuerdo de nuestra boda – Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española, La Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala.*
2007 – The Feminine Mystique: Contemporary Artists Respond – Jersey City Museum, New Jersey, USA.
2007 – El Museo’s 5th Bienal: The (S) Files – El Museo del Barrio, New York, USA.

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