This June, artist Alejandro Guzmán will be hosted in Seattle in an alliance between the Seattle Art Museum and MadArt. In MadArt’s studio, with the help of staff and volunteers, Alejandro will create a family of nGangulero “performance sculptures”. These sculptures are designed to move from MadArt into spaces around Seattle, as part of events connected to Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, a new exhibit on view at the Seattle Art Museum this summer.
Alejandro creates performance sculptures that have an active life as catalysts. His artistic goal is to generate unexpected exchanges in the realm of everyday public spaces. These “creative misunderstandings” inspire an examination of human interaction with abstracted forms, ritualized actions, and the participants’ emotional and intellectual responses through the lens of their own personal histories and traditions. Alejandro will direct the choreography and special effects for each of the performances, overseeing the involvement of artists, families, and allies who will gather together to create the larger activation.
Within the Seattle Art Museum, Alejandro Guzmán’s The Fatalist will be on display in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery as part of the Disguise exhibition. Alejandro will install this sculpture along with a tapestry derived from his residency in Guatemala and a wall of preparatory drawings.
nGangulero Performance Sculptures will be created by Alejandro Guzmán and his assistants in June, 2015