>> about my practice
I am interested in abstraction as a method of capturing ephemeral realities. A lot of my research is centered around the idea of movement in its polysemic interpretation: as the process of moving; as a tactical operation and as a communal experience to advance an agenda. I am interested in the representational processes that engage with these notions, both historiographically and aesthetically.
I was born in Guatemala during the war, which ended in 1996. I have always been interested in violence as a bodily experience but also as a method for political control. Guatemala is all about the body: the material experience of violence. I moved to Spain in 2010, and was able to witness the social movements that occurred from the spring of 2011 to 2014. This shift allowed me to observe the circulation of actions and ideas within the framework of a western democracy. As I understood it, civil unrest relied on a series of codes that could be performed like an organic choreography where displays of power, slogans and violence test their own limits, and contribute to the creation of an image, similar to a baroque war scene.
I became very interested in the way the experience became narrative and abstraction by the process of information. This led me to think deeply about the experiences of conflict, of creation and of migration. My work tries to overlap experience and mediated representation through abstraction. For this I use installation, sculpture, painting and video.
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→ ig: maya_saravia