Art history rarely moves in a straight line. Now more than ever, when it comes to a collective notion of Latin American art, there are as many ways to approach it as there are to traversing its nineteen countries and territories. Steering clear of a generalized survey of the region, we choose a more personal path by compiling works from Latin American artists that inspired us throughout our journey over the last decade, bringing to the fore the works, artists, and conversations that we couldn’t possibly forget.
If you didn’t happen to be walking the streets of Guatemala City in 2006, you probably missed an old green Volvo cruising around with a pair of pale bare feet sticking out of the back, insinuating the macabre nature of its contents: a dead body in the trunk. The person behind this action was Gabriel Rodríguez, an artist known for pushing viewers to the limit of tolerability, confronting us with things we try to ignore, while maintaining an almost gentle touch in his use of simple actions that blend into everyday Guatemalan life.