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Antonio José Guzman
The Netherlands
Born in Panama
02 August 1971
Dutch – Panamania

Antonio Jose Guzman (Panama City, 1971) is a Dutch-Panamanian artist. He lives and works in Amsterdam, Panama City and Dakar.

Guzman is known for his installations, videos and photography inspired by scientific research, utopias and cultural analysis. His projects allow us to cross different time zones, unexplored worlds and realms; bringing us into what Guzman calls time travel perceptions.

His work has been exhibited worldwide at: The Museum of Contemporary Art MHKA, Antwerp; Gemak de Vrije Academie, The Hague; Gallery Image Arhus, Denmark; Knipsu Art Space Norway; Moretti and Moretti, Paris; and in Rush Art Galleries, New York City. He participated in the Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates, The Havana Biennial, Cuba, The Central American Biennial, Costa Rica and in the Dakar Biennial, Senegal.

Guzman has been giving lectures the last years in renowned institutions such as the New School New York; the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem; the DAI Artez Master School program, Tent Rotterdam; the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Aarhus, Denmark; and in Windward School Los Angeles, California. He was a member of the fine art department of ArtEZ University of the Arts. Base for Experiment, Art & Research (BEAR), Arnhem.

Besides his individual art practice, Guzman is the founder and Creative Director of The State of L3 Contemporary Arts & Film Collective.




2010 Master Class, Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies, Prof. Paul Gilroy

Centre for the Humanities (CFH) of Utrecht University, The Netherlands

2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts, The Gerrit Rietveld Academie
University of applied sciences for Fine Arts and Design

Audiovisual Department, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Essays and Examination Work: The Miracle (Film)

Gravitational Series (Installations)

Final year supervisors, Lam de Wolf, Rob Slooten, Albert Wulffers

1994 Master’s Degree in Social Communication Sciences

Isthmus University of Commerce & Business Administration Panama

Thesis: The Effect of Editorial Photography in Human Psychology

1993 Visiting Student Program Art and design
Pratt Institute, New York

1992 Exchange Student Communication Sciences
Universidad de Costa Rica


Teaching – Curating – Advising – photography


2018 – 2019 Visual Arts and Cultural Heritage advisor at the Mondriaan Fonds

2016 – 2017 Lecturer Visual Arts ArtEZ University of the Arts. Base for Experiment, Art & Research (BEAR), Arnhem, The Netherlands

2016 – 2017 Curator Latin America, Centre for Fine Arts – Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

2017 – 2018 Workshops for Refugees, Nationale Stichting ter Bevordering van Vrolijkheid, The Netherlands

2010 – 2015  Guest Lecturer: The New School University, New York City /// Artez Master of Fine arts, Dutch Art Institute /// Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal /// Rush Arts Gallery, New York City /// Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Aarhus, Denmark /// Omi International Arts Centre, New York /// Windward School, Los Angeles, California

2004 – 2010 Creative Coordinator: Imagine IC, Kosmopolis, Organisatie Latijns-Amerika Activiteiten

1990 – 2003 Photographer – Editor: Foote, Cone & Belding, Greenpeace, Elsevier Science, France Press


Solo exhibitions

Monochromatic, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ADN Soundsistema, MAC The Museum of Contemporary Art, Panama

2016 Dukkha (Double Dip), Galerie 23, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dukkha (Double Dip), Mon Capitaine, Middelburg, The Netherlands

2013 PSY Mapping Research, VOID GUP Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

PSY Mapping Research, Windward Gallery Space, Los Angeles, California

2012 Piertopolis, Gemak in De Vrije Academie. The Hague, The Netherlands
Satellite space of GEM the Municipality Museum of The Hague

2011 Piertopolis, Museum Werf’t Kromhout, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Yatra, Knipsu Center for Photography and Contemporary Art , Bergen, Norway

Mapping transformations, National Institute of Culture, Panama

2003 Donde Estan. Roodkapje Gallery, Rotterdam, NL


Group exhibitions


2019 Detras Del Muro, 13th Havana Biennial, Cuba

2018 Textiel Factorij, Museum TwentseWelle, Enschede, The Netherlands

2017 Seat at the Table, Ferdinand Bol en Govert Flinck, Rembrandts Meesterleerlingen
Amsterdam Museum, The Netherlands

ECMM, X Central American Biennial, MAC The Museum of Contemporary Art, Panama

Latin American Cartographies, The Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels (BE)
Curated by Antonio Jose Guzman /// Works by Regina José Galindo, Humberto Vélez, Raquel van Haver, The Fire Theory, Método Salgari, Charlotte Charbonnel /// Scientific Committee: Paul Dujardin, Toni Cots, Sophie Lauwers and Conrado Uribe

30 x 30 CBK Zuidoost (Centre of Visual Arts Amsterdam South East), The Netherlands

Summershow Francis Boeske Projects & Nieuw Dakota

2016 ECMMX Central American Biennial, Limon, Costa Rica

Intersections, Art Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, The Netherlands

2015  El Organo Oriental, 12th Havana Biennial, Cuba

This Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This is RARE! Rare Birds & Dog And Pony

125 Maiden Lane, with Jessica Segall, New York

T(H)uis, CBK Zuidoost Amsterdan, The Netherlands

Focus Latin America, Shade Gallery & Monorchid, Phoenix, Arizona

Ancestral Blues, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Common Ground, Unseen Festival, Amsterdam The Netherlands

2014  Dukkha, OMI International Arts Center New York

Kunst Rai Amsterdam

Work It Out, Melkweg Amsterdam

Ritualism, Melkweg Amsterdam

New Dawn, Melkweg Amsterdam

Art of Style, Park Hotel Amsterdam

New Dutch Photography Talent, Art’otel Amsterdam

Focus Latin America, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona

Slideluck Fez, ALIF Riad, Morocco

2013 Panama Biennial – Summoning Worlds

Shared Heritage CBK Amsterdam South East

Kunstenlab Deventer, The Netherlands

2012 Regressions, Smart Project Space AIP, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Piertopolis Church of Faust, Documenta Off Event,  Kassel, Germany

Piertopolis, Rush Arts Gallery / Corridor Gallery New York City

Piertopolis, Moretti & Moretti Paris, France

PSY, Cite International des Arts, Paris France

Dated Project invited by Dimage Rouge, Divan du Monde, Paris, France

Dated Project invited by Dimage Rouge, Petit Ban, Paris, France

Artist Wanted project “Art Takes Time Square” New York City

2011 Piertopia, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark

Maroon in Park, 10th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates
Steve Reinke film program Curated by Suzanne Cotter, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

In Search of Time, Los Del Patio Contemporary Art, Panama City

2010 Parallel Doors of Perception, M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium

Modernity & Aesthetics of the New Black Atlantic, Smart Project Space Amsterdam, NL

Présence Africaine, Dakar Biennale, Dak’art, Senegal

Mémoires de la Négritude, Galerie 23 Amsterdam, NL

Dogon L3 Voyager, Keti Koti Festival Amsterdam, NL

Historical Antecedents of the Afro Renaissance, Galerie Sanaa, Utrecht, NL

Sur Vive a project with Emory Douglas,  Kunstplatform de Kapsalon
Organized by MAMA, Showroom for Media and Moving Art Rotterdam

2008 Surrender Inbox, La Casona Panama City

Gravitational Experiences, Yuri’s Night Bay Area, NASA Ames Research Center
NASA’s 50th anniversary, California, United States

2007 Multimedia Installation Chain Diary – Multiple M – Kosmopolis Rotterdam

The Miracle, Amstel Filtered Experience, London & Amsterdam
Commissioned by Amstel and Advertising Agency 180

Clash Brazil, DSM’s Sittard and Heerlen offices, NL

2006 The Miracle (Film), Gravitational Series (Installations)
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ik ben even weg, Tribute to Bas Jan Ader, Theater Zeebelt, Den Hague

The Miracle, Amsterdam Film Experience

Circles Installation (Homage to Rembrandt’s wife) De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

2004 Architectural Videos, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Fiera di Milano, Italy


Film Festivals and Screenings


2016 “Regressions” Centro Cultural de España, Panamá City, Panama

2014 Promised Land, Transformer – New Jersey

Collaboration made for Jessica Segall

2013 “Regressions”, Musee du Quai Branly Paris

KABRA Remy Jungerman, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, NL

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California

2012 Premiere Regressions,  National Center for the Performing Arts Mumbai, India

Regressions, Official Selection Festival Icaro Central America

Regressions, Humanity Explored Film Festival, Worldwide

The Day We Surrender New School University,

2011 Kenya International Film Festival, Africa, The Day We Surrender to the Air

ZGAC San Francisco International Arts Festival, The Day We Surrender to the Air

Cinema Zuid Antwerp, Belgium, The Day we Surrender to the Air

Legend of Billy Maclean RAW MATERIAL COMPANY Senegal

2010 Tessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece, The Day we Surrender to the Air

International Signes de Nuit Festival Paris, The Day we Surrender to the Air

Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, France, The Day we Surrender to the Air

Noordelijk Film Festival, Leeuwarden, NL, The Day we Surrender to the Air

Africa in the Picture Film Festival, NL, The Day we Surrender to the Air

2009 Bete Noir Nuit Blanche International Art Festival Amsterdam, The Miracle

Smart Project Space Identity in Transit Films, The Miracle

The Day We Surrender to the Air official selection IDFA
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Premiere
IDFA Docs for Sale marketplace for creative documentaries

Film Experience Cine trans Europe Film Festival, The Day we Surrender to the Air

2008 Supper Club Amsterdam, Screening Learn How to Fly

2006 Museum of Modern Art of Bogota, Colombia, Screening Representando

Special Price – Water and Film Event, Mexico DF, Focus on Water

Africa in the Picture Film Festival, NL, Screening Representando

Amsterdam Film Experience, Screening The Miracle

Netherlands Film Festival Utrecht, NL, Screening The Miracle

Film Museum Amsterdam, Screening The Miracle

HKU Theater Audiovisual Show Calle Yoyo

Bitterzoet – Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL, Screening Elemental Sounds

Atlanta HH Film Festival, Screening Representando

Ryhthm of the Line, Berlin Int. Film Festival, Screening Representando

InternationalTheatre Festival of Bogotá, Screening Elemental Sounds

2005 Latin American Film Festival London, Screening Representando

La Casona, Panamá City, Screening Representando

Drop Breaks and Beats Festival, Amsterdam, Screening Representando

Black Soil International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Representando

Cine Kid Film Festival, Amsterdam, Screening Focus on Water Films

Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá Colombia, Screening Representando

Shoot Me Festival, Den Hague, NL, Screening Representando

Latin American Film Festival Utrecht, Screening Representando




2016 Proven Talent grant by the Mondrian Fund

International presentations grant by the Mondriaan Fund, X Central American Biennial

2015 International presentations grant by the Mondriaan Fund, Havana Biennial

Project grant by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

2014 Residency at Art Omi, New York

2013 Residency at Windward School Project, Los Angeles, California
Made possible by a grant from The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

Top 10 finalist Helved creative photography competition

2012 Mondriaan Atelier Loft New York City, Grant by Mondriaan Founds, NL

Residency at Cité internationale des arts Paris, France

Top finalist See Me New York EXPOSURE photography competition

2011 Mondriaan Atelier Loft New York City, Grant by The Mondriaan Foundation, NL

Residency at the Flaggfabrikken’s international art residency Bergen, Norway

Prosjektstøtte – Project Grant Support, Council for the Arts Bergen, Norway

Production Grant by the Amsterdam Foundation for the Arts

Research Grant by the NL Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture for film production “Regressions” and development installation “Piertopolis”

Grant by Danish Arts Council, Grosserer L.F. Foght Fond, Konsul George Jorck & Hustru Emma Jorck´s Fond, Aarhuus Stiftstidendes Fond

2010 AIR Antwerp, Artist in residence, M HKA L3

Production Period Grant by The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, State of L3

2009 Grant by the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design & Architecture for film production “The Day We Surrender to the Air”

Grant by The VSB Fonds of the Netherlands Production Exchange Coordination for the Installation State of L3

2008 Grant by The Mondriaan Foundation of the Netherlands, State of L3

2007 Grant by the European Cultural Foundation for Chain Diary

2006 Special Price – Water and Film Event, Mexico DF, Focus on Water

2005 Grant by the Committee for International Cooperation & Sustainable Development  “Water Caravan Project”

2004 Grant by Cordaid, Novib, NCDO and Unie van Waterschappen
Focus on Water Project, OLAA

1992 American chamber of commerce photography award


Visiting Lecturer

– 2015

Kunstpit Academy of Art and Design St. Joost, Breda
Kunstpit The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
Kunstpit The Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
Kunstpit Casco Projects, Utrecht
The New School University New York City
Artez Master of Fine arts Dutch Art Institute (DAI)
MMKA Museum of Modern Art Arnhem
ArtEz Studium Generale. Arnhem, NL
Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal
Rush Arts Gallery, Chelsea, New York City
Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Aarhus, Denmark
National Institute of Culture, Panama
IDFA Paradocs – The Prologue.
TENT Center for Visual Arts Rotterdam
Master’s Programme, Presentation of the Moving Image, University Amsterdam
Hogeschool Amsterdam, Architecture Department


Art Educator

– 2015

Camp Omi, Omi International Arts Centre, New York
Windward School Los Angeles, California
SISA Municipal Institute of Decorative Arts and Crafts 
Antwerp Belgium
Augustinus College, Amsterdam
OSB Open Schoolgemeenschap, Amsterdam
Matchpoint Kunst en Cultuur Educatie
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Dutch Youth Institute (Xplore)
One Minutes Jr. Foundation
Imagine IC
Focus on Water Project, OLAA, 30 Schools in the Netherlands
Project Provinces: Noord-Brabant, Flevoland and Utrecht


Commissioned Work


2013 Documentary, KABRA Remy Jungerman, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, NL

2012 Pop Up store installation for Ksubi, Australian label specializing in denim at SPRMRKT fashion concept store Amsterdam. Client: Indigofera Distribution Ltd – United Kingdom

Web Store design, branding identity, photos and documentary for Lululemon Athletica Inc. Self-described yoga-inspired athletic apparel company, which produces a clothing line and runs international clothing stores from its company base in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Webpage production, artist identity presence, marketing and curatorial work for artist Ton van Beers.

2011 Urban Earth Leaders Cape Town, South Africa for Baobab Connections & Both Ends

2009-2008 Chain Diary for Imagine IC, Kosmopolis, European Cultural Foundation, London, Berlin, NL

2010 Young Voices 2 B Heard, for Stichting Volksbond, Projektenburo en Verwey Jonker Instituut

2009 Nollywood Film, Senegal Television Broadcast

2009 Cardea in Kenia, Africa, a documentary for Stichting Cardea Jeugdzorg

2009 A day with Cardea Leiden, a documentary for Stichting Cardea Jeugdzorg

2008 Fair Fit for Rambler & Move your World

2008 Van Huis Uit, Documentary for U.K based Curator Michael Mcmillan

2008 Video for Jimmy Rage Track  *Daryl van Wouw. Amsterdam Fashion Week

2007 Re-clipped for Imagine IC, Cinemix Film Festival

2007 Elemental Sounds, Attention Project for Xplore

2006 Fashion Clash Brazil, Documentary for Xplore & Stro Organisation

2005 Attention, Documentaries for Het Projektenburo, Bogota, Amsterdam

2005 India Exchange a film for Stichting Kinderpostzegels

2008 Water Naar de Maan, for Aqua for All & Focus on Water

2008-2003 Focus on Water Series Netherlands – Bolivia for OLAA
Special Price at the International Water and Film Event, Mexico D.F

2003-1999 Inter Art Lab Foundation, Basic Groove, ID&T, Touch, Live XS

2001-1995 Founder Editor of the Digital International Vernacular Journal of Photography

2001-1997 International Congress Series & Physics journals at Elsevier Science

1997-1995 Punto Aparte D’ Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles Latin America

1997-1995 Production Assistant Photographer Hannes Wallrafen & Koos Breukel

1995-1996 Assistance photographs for Elle Magazine, Dries van Noten Antwerp

1995-1992 Foote, Cone & Belding Latin America, P4 Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

1995-1990 Greenpeace Latin America, Campaign Hazardous Waste

1995-1990 Freelance Photographer Agence France Press Panama

1991-1992 Assistant Photographer Mario Sorrenti CK campaign Obsession



Selected Bibliography


New Dawn, June Issue, 2014

Element Magazine, Panama – September 2014

La Prensa – Panama Biennial, 2013

La Prensa, Panama January 14, 2011

Contrast Magazine, The State of L3, August 2011

Kunst Beeld Summer Issue 2010

De Volkskrant July 2010

NRC Next August 2010

IDFA & Docs for Sale Catalogues 2009

La Prensa Panama, Identidad Audiovisual Oct. 2008

Multiple M – Chain Diary, Het Parool, Sep. 2007

Chain Diary, Amsterdam Weekly / Maghreb Magazine, Sep. 2007

Cinema, NL, July 2006

Nederlands Film Festival Magazine Sept. 2006

Africa in The Picture Mag. Sept. 2006

NL 20 AFX Sept. 2006

Die Welt, ROTL, Germany, Feb. 2006

Onze Wereld, NL June 2005

NL 20, Black Soil Nov. 2005

Noticias, NL April 2005

Diario El Dia, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina Dec. 2001

El Universal, Panama City, Panama, Dec. 2001


Books & Catalogues


2014 New Photography Talent

I’m not doing anything until I feel the need

2013 La Prensa Panama Biennial

2012 Gemak De Vrije Academie Magazine

2011 The State of L3 Book Galleri Image State of L3

See Me Finalists Catalogue presented at Art Basel Miami

2010 Smart Project Space Papers

MHKA State of L3 Papers MHKA Calendar State of L3

Tessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece, Catalogue

International Signes de Nuit Festival Paris, Catalogue

Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, France

Catalogue Noordelijk Film Festival, Leeuwarden, NL, Catalogue

Africa in the Picture Film Festival, NL, Catalogue

2009 The Day We Surrender to the Air Book with DVD

IDFA Catalogue – Docs for Sale Catalogue

2006 Attention, the Pictures by A.J. Guzman. Photo CD Book

Africa in the Picture Catalogue

Amsterdam Film Experience Catalogue

Water and Film Event Mexico. Film Stills, Focus on Water

2005 ROTL Festival Book, published by Addidas, Berlin

LAFF, London Festival Catalogue

LAFF Daily Magazine and Newspaper Utrecht

Shoot Me, Festival Book, Den Hague

Black Soil Magazine, Amsterdam – Rotterdam

Words of the Nation, Hip Hop in Cuba. Limited Edition Magazine

2004 Inter Art Lab Book, Photos of A.J. Guzman


Collections (public and private) 


Gallerie Image, Aarhus, Denmark

Greenbox Museum of Contemporary Art

The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles

Galerie Sanaa, The Netherlands

Omi International Arts Center New York

Time Equities Inc. Collection, New York

Cultuur in de Kas, The Netherlands

Helved Agency, The Netherlands

Private Collection Panama

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), Panama


Installations, Photos and Videography


2015 ELOO El Organo Oriental

2014 Dukkha Installation – Hogon Series – Nkosi Masquerades

2013 Mapping Project Los Angeles, Vienna, Amsterdam, Panama

2012 Piertopolis at Gemak

PSY Project Paris – Amsterdam

Drop City Mask


Labyrinth of Medina


2011 Piertopolis Installation & Regressions *The Legend of Billy Maclean Documentary

Mikado and TRC Installation, Tolhuistuin & Museum Werf’t Kromhout

Hamacas Volantes Asterisco, Los del Patio Centro de las Artes Panama

Piertopia, Galerie Image Arhus, Denmark

Yatra – Knipsu Center for photography and contemporary art

Maroon Talking in Park, 10th Sharjah biennial

2010 The State of L3 Worldwide Installations and Interventions

Présence Africaine

Mémoires de la Négritude

Modernity & Aesthetics of the New Black Atlantic

Historical Antecedents of the Afro Renaissance

Parallel Doors of Perception

Documentary The Day We Surrender to the Air Episode Two

2009 Prototype 10 Multiple Installations “The State of L3”

Documentary The Day We Surrender to the Air Episode one Origin of Time

The Day We Surrender to the Air Installation Video loop

The Day We Surrender to the Air Book and DVD

The Day We Surrender to the Air Web Site

Prototype, 3D Sketches and Scale Models for State of L3 Dakar Biennale

Gallery 23 and MHKA Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp, Belgium

Prototype and Scale Model Day We Surrender to the Air Dakar Biennale

Senegal Photo Series (When Days Went By) for State of L3 Installation

Surrender Kill your Darlings Video for the IDFA

Flying Balloons and Suitcases Boat Production for State of L3

2008 Prototype Installation “The Day We Surrender to the Air”

Portable Levitation, Single Projection UK

I’m no longer of your Eyes, Performance, Single Projection

Chain Final Days London, Video

Jumping Doris, Tate Modern Photo Series

Dreamings, Video Documentary

Learn How to Fly (Senegal – Brazil) Photo Series

2007 Tussen Empires, Video & Photo Series

Astro Physics Voyager, Sculpture & Installation

Water Naar de Maan, Film

Chain Diary, Projections, 8 Prints, 4 Channels & Online Channel

Tower of Hour / Universalitation of the Stranger, Mixed Media Installations

2007 Daryl van Wouw Show, Video at Amsterdam Fashion Week

2006 Miami Fall / Gravitational Experiences, 2 channels, Projections

The Miracle, Video Documentary and Photo Series Departure & Arrival

Elemental Sounds, Documentary

Palmas Fashion Documentary, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil

2006 Circles, Atom Transportation, 4 Monitors, 4 Channels

Circles Kerk, Atom Transportation, 2 Monitors, 2 Channels

Electric Elements, 3 Monitors, 3 Channels

2005 Dog Techniques / Circles, Atom transportation, Video

Representando, Documentary

2004 History of Science, 3 Channels, Projections, Break Dance

Milan Files, Ruhr Impromptus, Performances

2001 Fundamental Familiarity, Photo Performances

1997-2001 Rave Nu, Photographic series of the electronic music scene worldwide

1990-1997 Kuna Yala, San Blas Islands photo series, slides and prints


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