Interviews

Personalities Building Futures

During the month of November there will be several activities carried out in the city (and elsewhere), aimed at constructing better futures. Yes, November is a month that – although it might not be obvious at first glance – sees the women of Guatemala shining with their own light; making themselves visible and making...

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Alan Beanchoam’s Doors

Qué Pasa spoke with Alan Benchoam, and he told us about how his love of photography came to be, as well as about his project entitled Doors of the Worlds. How did you realize that you wanted to devote yourself to photography? In my last year of studying psychology, I took some open courses...

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Liza Carrillo

Liza Carrillo – designer and creator of the brand Vessel – is an integral part of a movement that’s causing great changes in fashion in Guatemala and Mexico. A graduate of Universidad del Istmo in Guatemala, with studies in Florence, Italy, and at the renowned Parsons School of Design in New York, Liza has...

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Agents of Change

ALEJANDRA BARILLAS Alejandra Barillas was Miss Guatemala 2010-11. She is a translator, image consultant, publicist, and entrepreneur. Find her on Instagram as @MissGuatemala11.   What does being Guatemalan mean to you? Being Guatemalan is a blessing! Being born, growing up, and learning so much in a country as rich as ours is a joy....

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Jose Ángel Quiñonez and his work for Proatur

A few months ago, I was involved in a rather nasty and traumatic car accident late at night on the south side of La Antigua. No one was hurt, thank goodness, but due to the stress of it all, both my English and Spanish partly failed me. The police who attended the scene telephoned...

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The Hybrid Images and Mixed Portraits of Luis González Palma

Luis González Palma was born in Guatemala in 1957 and now lives and works in Cordoba, Argentina. He has had solo exhibitions in well-known places like The Art Institute of Chicago and The Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe (both in the USA), The Australian Centre for Photography in Paddington, Australia; the Palacio de Bellas...

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AumRak Sapper, Mayan Priestess

Tell us a little about yourself. I was born in the capital. I studied education and psychology in Austria and lived for many years in Toronto, Canada. My path took me to Lake Atitlán with the Kaqchikel and Tz’utujil people and to Tikal with the elders. I continue to travel every year.   Why...

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The Abstractions of Ramón Ávila

Born in Barcelona, España, Ramón Ávila Bayona came to Guatemala from Brazil where he lived for seven years, working in the fields of art and graphic design. He has had more than 200 solo and group exhibitions. His figurative work from the ’60s and ’70s, which included huge faces of indigenous people, has been...

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Artist of the Month: Clemens Luhmann

Clemens Luhmann was born in Germany in 1965, the son of internationally known sociologist and systems theorist, Niklas Luhmann, and his wife, the artist and goldsmith Ursula Luhmann. He grew up in Bielefeld, a college town in northwestern Germany. Dr. Luhmann first traveled to Latin America in 1987, beginning an ongoing interest and fascination...

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Carving a Future

Tell us about yourself. My name is Maximiliano Galindo Illescas. I’m 58 years old and I’m a woodworker. I was born on June 9, 1955 in Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez, in zone 1, near the Guacalate River. At that time, the Guacalate was pristine and really beautiful, and during my childhood, it was one of...

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