'I am an organizer addressing the Southwest/Texas-Mexico border as a visual artist, poet, curator and educator. My studio practice traces the hierarchies in material value and the usage of language in societal erasure. In a minimalistic construct, I gather residual material and public documents to translate the politicization of bodies through spoken-word performances and metaphorical objects. Personal and collective stories guide me in material investigation and curation of spaces. I am mostly concern with stories of generational trauma where nothingness and silences come from accrued violence. I remove cultural symbols and identities to bring forward notions of being unidentified, numbed and half-dead.
As a border woman, rematerializing has become important as a way to transform history and notions of power and order as well as give visibility to our presence and absence.'
Beatriz Guzman Velasquez is from the Mexican border town of Reynosa, Tamaulipas. She currently lives and works in Edinburg, Texas. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Painting and Drawing Department. Recently, she participated in the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program and has been awarded a residency at Lazuli in Vermont (forthcoming). She is a member of the collective Poets Against Walls.