Jessica Lagunas

United States

  • Geographic Location: North America

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Born in Nicaragua in 1971, Jessica Lagunas grew up in Guatemala where she studied graphic design. Through various media, such as installations, video-performance and objects, her art projects use a minimum of elements for expressing her concerns about the condition of woman in contemporary society.

She participated in Pontevedra Biennial (Spain, 2010), El Museo del Barrio’s Biennial (New York, 2007), Tirana Biennial (Albania, 2005), Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador, 2001), Caribbean Biennial (Dominican Republic, 2001) and Paiz Biennial (Guatemala, 2008, 2010). Her work has been included on group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York, 2006) and Jersey City Museum (New Jersey, 2007), as well as in different cities in the United States, UK, Italy, Spain, Guatemala, and Venezuela.

She was a selected artist for the program Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) at the Bronx Museum of the Arts during 2005-06. Her work is included in the anthology “Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women”, published in 2006 by the International Museum of Women in San Francisco; and in “Arte de las Américas” (2008) a DVD publication from ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art.

Jessica Lagunas is a 2008 Fellowship recipient from the Urban Artist Initiative/New York City. She has received grants from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s ReGrant Program for Individual Artists. Recently she was awarded a residency from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space at Governors Island. She lives and works in New York City.

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These photographs are from an exhibition that took place in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in August 2008. The installation, entitled Recuerdo de nuestra boda (Memories of Our Wedding), included 20 wedding gowns borrowed from women of different ages and backgrounds, regardless of their current marital status. Through these used wedding dresses I explore nostalgia and the passage of time.


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