Antonio Jose Guzman

Collective Member

Antonio Jose Guzman (Panama City, 1971) is a Dutch-Panamanian artist. He lives and works in Amsterdam, Panama City and Dakar. Guzman is known for his installations, videos and photography inspired by DNA, scientific research, migration, gravity and architectonic utopias. His projects allow us to cross different time zones, unexplored worlds and realms; bringing us into what Guzman calls time travel perceptions.

His work has been exhibited around the world, at the MHKA The Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; Gemak de Vrije Academie, The Hague; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Gallery Image, Arhus, Denmark; Knipsu Art Space, Bergen, Norway; Moretti and Moretti, Paris; and in the Corridor Gallery, New York City. He participated in the Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates 2011, Havana Biennial 2015 – 2019 and in the Dakar Biennial, Senegal, 2010.

Guzman has been giving lectures the last years in renowned institutions such as the New School New York; the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem; the DAI Artez Master School program, Tent Rotterdam; the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Aarhus, Denmark; and in Windward School Los Angeles, California.

“My photographs, installations, documentaries, video loops and projects address how migratory aesthetics have become constitutive of the world today. These works explore mechanisms of power and violence inherent in the on-going and open confrontation between different worlds. My work also reveals how these abstract principles connect to on the one hand the current political reality in the West, and on the other to largely unresolved historical issues such as the colonial past.

My projects give me the opportunity to explore different sociological structures and spaces that surround life in different environments, reconnecting all this to the issue of mobility, aesthetics and transatlantic motivations, as well as the urge to create an international collective memory. I see my projects as the documentation of the contemporary sociological mapping”.

Antonio Jose Guzman
S∅y Zero Gravity