Jessica Lagunas is a New York-based Guatemalan artist. She has exhibited internationally including biennials in Pontevedra, Spain; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Tirana, Albania; Cuenca, Ecuador; Caribbean, Dominican Republic; and Paiz, Guatemala. Her work has been in group shows at the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Jersey City Museum, New Jersey; International Festival of Contemporary Arts–City of Women, Slovenia; and in venues in the US, UK, Italy, Spain, and Latin America.
In 2008 she received a fellowship from Urban Artist Initiative/NYC; and has been a recipient of grants from Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, NY, 2008-11. Other honors include the Bronx Museum’s AIM program, 2005-6; and artist residencies from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at Governors Island, NY, 2010; The Center for Book Arts, NY, 2012; and Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace Program, NY, 2014.


On-site Live in Las Galerías from April 15 to June 10, 2015

“Most of my work deals with the condition of woman in contemporary society, questioning her obsessions with body image, beauty, sexuality and aging. With a minimalist approach — and mostly conceptually based pieces—I use different media such as installations, videoperformances, book arts, prints, and embroidery. Having grown up in Guatemala I have a strong connection to textiles. Lately, I have been interested in combining traditional/ancient weaving techniques with non-traditional elements such as hair. Since various years I been working with hair as a medium, not only as a carrier of DNA and means to individual expression, but to make a statement about aging and beauty.
The project for my residency at El Museo del Barrio is to create a collaborative tapestry made out of hair collected from three major sources: visitors to the galleries, staff of El Museo, and my own hair. The public will be asked to donate—if they wish to—strands of hair that will be woven into a larger piece thus uniting and merging all the identities of the participants. I will be using a portable 15” loom to create a long tapestry, 15” wide by the length that I will be able to weave during the residency.”