1974 · Guatemala
Sandra Monterroso (b. 1974) was born in Guatemala City amidst a Civil War that lasted over thirty years. The artist began her quest to better understand her indigeneity and the boundaries of her mestizo identity when one day, confronted by the passing of her grandmother, she realized that they did not speak the same language, that her grandmother and her were culturally different, and that she knew very little of her own ancestry. It is at this juncture in time that Monterroso’s practice starts to gravitate towards topics that deal with her indigenous background, especially the exploration of power and gender relations. Even though Monterroso’s work addresses pan-indigenous concerns and alludes to Mayan cosmology, she is fundamentally rooted in contemporary art practice.