Sandra Monterroso Guatemalan, b. 1974
- Tu Ashé Yemanya, 2015
- Photograph of 'Tu Ashé Yemayá' , a performance work presented as part of the 12th Bienal de la Habana, Cuba, 2015
- Photographic still in the video work: Meditando el Error, 2015
- Photograph of the performance: Rackoc Atin / Do Justice, a public intervention at the Supreme Court, Guatemala City, 2008
- Crossed Effects 5, 2020
- Points in Resistance, 2011
- Triángulo / Rax, 2019
- Composiciones acuáticas 3, 2019
- Composiciones acuáticas 4, 2019
- Desequilibrio 2, 2019
- Tejido 4, 2020
- Photograph of the performance: Breath of the spirit, 2016
- A still from the video piece: Meditando el Error , 2015
Sandra Monterroso is currently one of the major exponents of indigenous contemporary Latin American art. Her work is complex insofar as it deals with multiple layers of signification such as ideas of ritual, the colonial legacy, and the concept of hybridity.
The artist initially worked with photography and printmaking, however, it was not until the end of the civil war in Guatemala in 1996 that Monterroso began using her body as her preferred medium. She has since produced a series of provocative video-performances that question conventional notions of culture, tradition, and heritage. Integrating both linguistic strategies and traditional artisanal practices into her work Monterroso challenges conceptions of indigeneity as she strives to regain acceptance into the Maya Q’eqchi’ community while also asserting her identity as one that is fluid and multiple.
Sandra Monterroso was born in Guatemala City amidst a Civil War that lasted over thirty years. The artist began her quest to better understand her indigeneity and the boundaries of her mestizo identity when one day, confronted by the passing of her grandmother, she realized that they did not speak the same language, that her grandmother and her were culturally different, and that she knew very little of her own ancestry. It is at this juncture in time that Monterroso’s practice starts to gravitate towards topics that deal with her indigenous background, especially the exploration of power and gender relations. Even though Monterroso’s work addresses pan-indigenous concerns and alludes to Mayan cosmology, she is fundamentally rooted in contemporary art practice.
Taken from Sara Gazon’s essay Sandra Monterroso: Cultural Subversions in Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas Volume 8, Issue 1 (2015)
Sandra MonterrosoDyed in the wool - the committed poetics of nonconformity 24 Apr - 29 May 2020Gallery Exhibition By appointment only (due to COVID-19) Sandra Monterroso, Crossed Effects 5, 2020, Indigofera dyed thread and wood, 30 x 25 x 18 cm Cecilia Brunson Projects is delighted...
Sandra MonterrosoCosmopolis #2 at the Centro Pompidou, Paris 23 Oct - 23 Dec 2019Sandra Monterroso was part of the group show Cosmopolis #2 at the Centro Pompidou, Paris Details of work in exhibition (image right is a detail of the work): Columna Vertebral...
Sandra MonterrosoThe Latin American Pavilion At The 56th Venice Biennale 9 May - 22 Nov 2015Sandra Monterroso was part of the group exhibition Indigenous Voices, at the Latin American Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale Istituto Italo-Latinoamericano (IILA) Information on Monterroso's sound installation, Rokeb ‘ iq...