'I am an organizer addressing the Texas-U.S. Southwest/Mexican border as a visual artist, poet, curator and educator. My work is centered in the corporal relationship with material, land and language. I respond to the complexities of societal trauma within a particular space through the translation and transformation of personal and collective realities. I rematerialize and ritualize objects, perform, use video and construct site-specific work to resist confinement of experience and notions of history and power.'
Beatriz Guzman Velasquez was born and raised at the Texas-Mexican border. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an alumna from the New York Studio School and the University of Texas-Pan American. Recently, she participated in the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program and was awarded Artist-In-Residence at Lazuli Residency in Vermont. She is a member of the collective Poets Against Walls.