Antonio Jose Guzman (Panama City, 1971) is a Dutch-Panamanian artist. He lives and works in Amsterdam, Panama City and Dakar. Guzman is known for his installations, videos and photography inspired by DNA, scientific research, migration, gravity and architectonic utopias. Guzman’s oeuvre features installations, photography, sculptures, interventions, documentaries, films, sounds, single- and multi-channel videos and publications. His projects allow us to cross different time zones, unexplored worlds and realms; bringing us into what Guzman calls time travel perceptions.
His work has been exhibited around the world, at the MHKA The Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; Gemak de Vrije Academie, The Hague; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Gallery Image, Arhus, Denmark; Knipsu Art Space, Bergen, Norway; Moretti and Moretti, Paris; and in the Corridor Gallery, New York City. He participated in the Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates 2011 and in the Dakar Biennial, Senegal, 2010. Guzman has been giving lectures the last years in renowned institutions such as the New School New York; the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem; the DAI Artez Master School program, Tent Rotterdam; the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam; and Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Aarhus, Denmark.
“Piertopolis” exhibition at Gemak in January 2012 converted the entire museum into a Buckminster Fuller / Constant “New Babylon” idealistic Utopian architectonic landscape for a future society. Recently his film the ‘Legend of Billy Maclean’ premièred in the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, India’s premier cultural institution.
Recently Guzman performed live with his project DATED at the Divan Du Monde and Petit Ban in Paris (invited by Dimanche Rouge). For DATED Guzman made live assemblages of his documentaries ‘The Day We Surrender to The Air’ and ‘The Legend of Billy Maclean’, to the singing and voice of American artist Aurora Adams. DATED is inspired by the novel Rayuela, from the Argentine writer Julio Cortázar.
Guzman is currently working on his blog Piertopolis.com and developing his new Guy Debord-inspired project PSY Psychogeographic Mappings. Besides his individual art practice, Guzman is the founder and director of the The State of L3 – Contemporary Arts & Film Collective Exchange, established in 2006. The State of L3 works internationally on art, multimedia exchanges, modern tendencies and political issues.