Francisco Guevara Statement

“Ritual de Vida” cottonwood & bamboo spoon, fork & knife (8”x 1”x .5”, ea.),

As a curator I believe that art should respond to the context. As an artist I’m interested in exploring the personal experience within social context, how intimate activities are connected to collective rituals and become broader cultural expression.
The power of an artwork is determined by how successfully it allows the viewer to exist within the space it defines, also establishing a dialogue and asking how that existence is possible. I believe art is relevant when the personal experience converges with collectivity, when individuality acquires a broader meaning incorporating new perspectives to the collective discourse.

As an artist I’m interested in exploring the personal experience within social context, how intimate activities are connected to collective rituals and become broader cultural expressions. My work addresses human’s ephemeral condition as individuals and as social experience. It explores themes such as death, identity and relevant social issues combined with rituals, traditions and specific cultural expressions.

“The Garden of Earthly Delights” Albuquerque, NM. 2009.

As a curator I believe that art should respond to the context. Contemporary art has the potential to explore and respond to the collective emotional, social, and physical needs, a primary aspect when it comes to improve the situation of specific communities. Therefore artists have a social responsibility and art can’t be oblivious. I’m interested in curatorial projects with a multidisciplinary contemporary approach, addressing issues in a creative way. They should consider the social function of spaces by: responding to urban tensions, creating spaces for citizenship and/or undertaking ecological efficiency by presenting those approaches in a critical cultural and urban framework. Contemporary art projects with a defined strategy can transform spaces and communities, promoting development and creating a long-term benefit generating wealth for everyone.

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