Antonia Guerrero

Installation, El Barrio’s Artspace PS109

Antonia Guerrero is a Mexican artist based in New York City since 1999.  She works in multiple media for her installation pieces combining drawings, lighting, video, performance and sound. Born in the United States to a Mexican father and Canadian mother, she was raised, educated and lived in Mexico City most of her life. Her education while growing up was steeped in dance, music, theater and the visual arts. She studied at the San Carlos Art Academy UNAM, Mexico and at Pratt Institute, New York.

Coming from two different cultures, the theme of identity has been a vital component of her work. It has led her to explore ongoing trans-cultural hybrids resulting from immigration and the psychosocial effects of displacement. This term is understood in a geographical and spatial sense as well as an emotional one in her work.

Her work has been exhibited in Mexico, the United States, Puerto Rico, France, Germany, Spain and Rumania including venues such as the Museum of Modern Art Mexico, the Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico, the Snite Museum, Notre Dame University, MediaNoche Gallery, See.Me, Taller Boricua, and the Latin American Gallery New York.

Antonia’s awards include the US-Mex Bi-Cultural Rockefeller Foundation Grant for her performance Malintzin, the Valparaiso Foundation Artist Residency, Spain, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Cuts and Burns Media Residency, and the Penn State University Foreign Scholar Residency.

She has played a leading role amongst Mexican communities in New York helping them recognize their cultural value through an ancient ceremonial dance known as Concheros or Aztec Dance.

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