Location: The Netherlands
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 and in the Dakar Biennial, Senegal.
The Hogon series are an exploration to the manner in which contemporary photography, fashion and visual history use cultural appropriation as a style; Taking without permission, the cultural artefacts, intellectual property, or cultural expressions, of another cultures. This striking casual dissociation of history goes as a paradox hand in hand with the daily demonization of many minorities living in the western world.
Taking this unnatural phenomenon of appropriation and cultural neo-colonization, the series use characters and metaphors that represent the separation and alienation of minorities and appropriators. Covering the faces of the people portrayed, I define the syndromes of subjection, violence, individualism, alienation and objectification that affect modern society. The veil communicate a sartorial disassociation with our communities and a conflict between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present in our collective existence.
I’m also covering faces with fabrics as a tribute to my African Ancestors, rediscovering textile masks as an animistic mediator between the living and the supernatural world.