Is It Morning For You Yet?58th Carnegie International


Édgar Calel

Édgar Calel (b. 1987, Chi Xot [San Juan Comalapa]; lives in San Juan Comalapa) studied at the Escuela Nacional de Arte Rafael Rodríguez Padilla. He works in a variety of media, exploring the complexities of the Indigenous experience as seen through the Mayan Kaqchikel cosmovision, spirituality, rituals, community practices, and beliefs, in juxtaposition to the systematic racism and exclusion experienced daily by the Indigenous people of Guatemala. He had his first solo exhibition, Pa Ru Tun Ché (From a tree top), at Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, in 2021, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including The Crack Begins Within, 11th Berlin Biennale; Continuous Fire | Feucontinuel, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and Virginia Pérez Ratton, Centroamérica: Deseo de lugar / Central America: Desiring a Place, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City. His works are part of the permanent collections of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Fundación TEOR/ética, San José; MADC Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San José; and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Additionally, he has participated in artistic residencies, including Tropical Papers (online); Residencia Rua do Sol, Portugal; and Lastro research platform, Brazil, among others.

A picture of people digging in a field
The family of Édgar Calel performing the Oyonïk healing ritual in the fields of San Juan Comalopa, image courtesy of Proyectos Ultravioleta and the artist, photo: Édgar Calel