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 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). Her work has been included in 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, Guatemala, Venezuela and Italy.
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.
In 2007 and 2008 she was a recipient of NoMAA Grant Program for Individual Artists, New York. Jessica Lagunas is a 2008 Fellowship recipient from the Urban Artist Initiative/New York City. She lives and works in New York City.
Feminist Artist Statement
With a minimalist approach—and mostly conceptually based pieces—I use different media such as installation, collage, objects, and video-performance. In these video works I play along with women’s beauty rituals, performing them in exaggerated ways to reflect the pressures imposed by today’s society. The camera focuses on the part of the body where the action takes place: With repetitive gestures—for one or two hours continuously—I apply make-up, questioning its power of seduction, or I depilate my pubis questioning the pressure to have a pre-pubescent appearance.