Jessica Kairé (Guatemala, 1980) is an artist and educator based in New York, and co-founder and co-director of NuMu (Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo), an egg-shaped museum located in Guatemala City that aims to satiate the lack of other contemporary art institutions in the country.

 

In her practice, Kairé combines artistic and domestic elements to create works that engage the public in various forms of activation such as eating, manipulating and wearing. She is particularly interested in appropriating materials, objects and contexts that are informed by personal or collective conflict, and altering the way we relate to them through an often playful and humorous approach.

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B. 1980, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Lives and works in New York.

EDUCATION

2010   Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Hunter College, NY, USA
2003   Studies of Visual Arts, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Guatemala

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015   Tasting: Sephardic Architecture, Plato's Cave at EIDIA, Brooklyn, NY

2008   CONFORT, Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Guatemala

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020  

StorefrontTV Season 3: On Maintenance, NY

12th Mercosul Biennial, Port Alegre, Brazil

Los Jardineros, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala

 

2019  

PASOS A DESNIVEL, Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala

 

2018  

Scripted Reality, Museo Jumex, CDMX, Mexico

Queenie: Selected artworks by female artists from El Museo del Barrio’s Collection, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, NY

SITElines Biennial: Casa Tomada, SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico

Video SUR, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

A Domestic Life, Salon ACME, CDMX, Mexico

 

2017  

NuMu, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles

A Universal History of Infamy, LACMA, US

Home-So Different, So Appealing, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Home-So Different, So Appealing, LACMA, US

Guatemala from 33,000 Kilometers: Contemporary Art from 1960-Present, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, US

Weapon of Choice, Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY

 

2016  

2da Gran Bienal Tropical, Loíza, Puerto Rico

Net [ ] Work, online exhibition of video art, 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles

 

2015  

Objeto-espacio, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala

Guatemala Después, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design, NY and Ciudad Imaginación, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

 

2014  

Playing with Fire: Political Interventions, Dissident Acts, and Mischievous Actions,   

El Museo del Barrio, NY

Flow: Economies of the Look and Creativity in the Contemporary Art of the Caribbean” Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, Washington, DC

El Museo de la Luna, Espacio S1, Guatemala

El rayo que cayó dos veces, Concepción 41, Antigua, Guatemala

In Situ, Espacio S1, Guatemala

 

2013  

Aproximaciones al Espacio, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San Jose, Costa Rica

Dependencia In Dependencia, Sol del Río, Guatemala

Cinco Días (Puertas Abiertas), Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala

Proyectos Ultravioleta Presents..., Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San Jose, Costa Rica

Voces y Visiones: Highlights from the Collection of El Museo del Barrio, Nevada Museum of Art, US

Neo-Domesticities, Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Glasshouse, NY

Color & Unrest, TEOR/etica, San José, Costa Rica

Victory, IV Soldiers Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

No Wave Performance Task Force: Love, Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn, NY York

 

2012  

Color & Unrest, Art Bus, NY

En la curvatura del tiempo: Arte y Mujer, Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología, Guatemala

Convivir/Compartir, XVIII Paiz Art Biennial, Guatemala
Proyectos Ultravioleta presents..., Christinger de Mayo Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Lawn School, NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY
Toys & Games With A Twist, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

Así Que Se Vaya, Kamín, Comalapa, Guatemala

 

2011  

El Museo’s 6th Bienal: The (S) Files, El Museo del Barrio, NY

Así Que se Vaya, MDE11, Medellín, Colombia
Me Asusta Pero Me Gusta: Arte Actual de Guatemala, Proyectos Diablo Rosso, Panama

Ciudad Como Escenario e Idea, Galería Kilometro Cero, Guatemala

 

2010  

De Guatemala a Guatepeor, Proyectos Sauna, Bogotá, Colombia
Los Padres, la Distancia y el Speed, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala
Push/Pull, DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Duality, 92Y Tribeca, NY

 

2009  

Los Desaparecidos/Horror Vacui, Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española, Antigua, Guatemala

Juannio, Benefit auction, Museo de Arte Moderno, Guatemala
Crema Fresca, Galería 9.99/proyecto, Guatemala
XVI Bienal de Paiz, Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Guatemala
XI Festival del Centro Histórico, Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Guatemala

 

2006  

2da Muestra de Arte Emergente Centroamericano, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San Jose, Costa Rica

 

 

CURATORIAL

  • Co-founder/co-director of the “Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporaneo-NuMu-en Guatemala”, Guatemala City and the US (2012-present)

  • Panelist, The 2017 CPPC Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean, The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros & Independent Curators International, NY, USA (2017)

  • Artist in residence, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, California, USA. In collaboration with Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA) (2015)

  • Panelist, Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Fellowships 2013, Bronx Council for the Arts, NY, USA (2013)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Home-So Different, So Appealing Exh. cat.

  • “La historia de NuMu y Proyectos Ultravioleta, contada por sus fundadores.” Artishock, 25 January 2016.

  • Fuentes, Elvis and Barreto, Meyken. Flow: Economies of the Look and Creativity in the Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Exh. cat. Washington: Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center.

  • Miranda Zúñiga, Ricardo. “Crossfire: Artist Interviews”, El Museo del Barrio, December, 2015. Web.

  • Fuentes Guaza, Luisa. Contemporary languages from Centro Ámerica. Salamanca: Imprenta Kadmos, 2013: 20-25. Print.

  • De la Barra, P.L. “Welcome NuMu, A Museum in an Egg, Guatemala's Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporaneo.” Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution, 19 August 2012. Web.

  • “Featured Artists.” New York Foundation for the Arts, 19 February 2012. Web.

  • Cotter, H. “Artists Whose Vitality Flows From the Streets.” The New York Times [New York] 17 June 2011. pC25. Print.

  • “Voices Choices.” The Village Voice, [New York] 13 June 2011. p21 and cover. Print.

  • The S-Files/El Museo's Bienal Exh. cat. New York: El Museo del Barrio.

  • Diazcasas, R. “The (S) Files.” Art Nexus Vol.10. Sept – Nov 2011: 156-157. Print.

  • Cazali, R. "Blandos y casi ácidos." El Periódico [Guatemala City] 30 April 30 2008. Print. Juannio. Exh. Cat. Guatemala: Museo de Arte Moderno.

  • XVI Bienal de Arte Paiz. Exh. cat. Guatemala: Centro Cultural Metropolitano.

  • Los Desaparecidos/Horror Vacui. Exh. cat. Guatemala: Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Expañola.

  • Escobar, D. “El amor, la obsesión: los objetos/Sobreviviendo a Duchamp.” Perspectivas Magazine No. 4/ Objetos de Diseño, Junio 2008. Print.