“No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place”. Maya Angelou

My work is a journey between architectural principles and utopias that collide in the multidisciplinary use of different disciplines. Photography and video has changed our perceptions in a psychological and philosophical way, the images on my work exploit the tension between chaos and order, that is present in the world today. Nowadays it’s hard to sense reality and who we are, our sense of reality is not real. What we see is what we been programmed to see.

The aim of my work is to create audiovisual storytelling, with projects related to migratory aesthetics, genetics, science and postcolonial studies. These projects explore mechanisms of power and violence inherent in the ongoing and open confrontation between different worlds and address my fascination with the dichotomous relationship that exists between architecture, urbanism and sociocultural identity. In my work every image is linked to the place were my ancestors come from. They play as a whole with time and space. I see my projects as the documentation of the contemporary sociological mapping.

My work poses questions concerning daily life, strategies of survival and presents thoughts on our ancestry and identity as well as possibilities and ideas for cooperation, refering to exile identities and how they bring together thoughts, ideas, experiences and dialogues of different people around the world.

In globalized urban environments people inhabit meaningful spaces, these spaces are vernacular landscapes. Urban spaces are also subject to the effects of social inequality. Class, racial, ethnic, religion, and citizenship hierarchies mark urban territories with differential meanings. Urban spaces are filled with signs of collective identity that signify the flows of people and culture.

On my works I create man made constructions, labyrinths, and spaces that suggest human interaction. The installations are made of scrap materials and repurposed objects like pallets and wood, they feature architectural futuristic structures made for a society freed from establishment power structures, dominant groups and institutional authority.

The photographs and videos on the installations intend to give the impression of people living in the inner spaces of utopian civilizations. Reconnecting largely unresolved historical issues such as the colonial past and creating a collective memory. They also deal with Pan African motivations, rhizomatic networks, as well as the urge to create a transoceanic collective memory.

Antonio Jose Guzman

MP3’s Interviews | Guzman | Radio Rietveld | Stedelijk Museum | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Radio Rietveld One | Rietveld Two | Rietveld Three | L3 RNW (French) | L3 RNW (Portuguese)

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