Lucía Ixchíu, Mi yo en cuarentena (Myself in quarantine), crayon, watercolor, marker on cotton paper.
Born in Totonicapán, Guatemala, Lucía Ixchíu studied architecture at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. Her practice is cross-disciplinary and includes music, dance, painting, and cultural management. Her work stands out for the creation of community and communicative networks, which make visible territorial injustices and colonial continuities. Lucía Ixchíu is also cofounder of the collective (2013), which focuses on the dissemination of information, local research collective work, the accompaniment of political prisoners and event production. Together with architect Gabriel Rodriguez, she curated the exhibition Muchas somos todxs (Many of Us are All) at the Spanish Cultural Center in Guatemala (2022). The exhibition is an example of how other realities and histories can be seen. In this case, it is not about the bicentennary of Spain’s independence and the creation of the nation-state, but about commemorating the indigenous uprising that occurred two years earlier, with figures such as Atanasio Tzul. Lucía Ixchíu now lives in exile in Bilbao, Spain, with photojournalist Carlos Ernesto Cano, with whom she founded the Festivales Solidarios (Solidarity Festivals).