Guatemala’s contemporary artists draw on violence to push boundaries

November 11, 2011

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(AP/Moises Castillo)
Workers set up an art exhibit in Antigua, Guatemala.

With the election of a former army general as the country’s next president, the legacy of Guatemala’s long, bloody civil war doesn’t just disappear overnight.

Increasingly, Guatemala’s past and present mix not only in politics, but also in its contemporary art. Artists like Regina Galindo and Anibal Lopez combine the nation’s violent history with present-day concerns to produce a distinctly Guatemalan style that has garnered international acclaim.

Emiliano Valdes, an art curator based in Guatemala City, says Guatemalan artists are challenging the country's reputation for producing brightly-colored crafts and pottery.


Video of Regina Galindo's "Who Can Erase the Traces?"