Born in Nicaragua in 1971, Jessica Lagunas was raised in Guatemala where she studied Graphic Design at Universidad Rafael Land√≠var, Guatemala City, Guatemala. In 2001, she moved from Guatemala to New York City, U.S.A, where she currently lives and works. Lagunas’ works have been exhibited internationally in United States, Guatemala, Venezuela and Italy, including public exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2006) and Jersey City Museum (2007). Jessica Lagunas’s works have been included in various international art biennale’s including the Paiz Biennial (Guatemala, 2008), El Museo del Barrio’s Biennial (New York, 2007), Tirana Biennial (Albania, 2005), Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador, 2001), Caribbean Biennial (Dominican Republic, 2001). Both in 2007 and 2008 she was a recipient of NoMAA Grant Program for Individual Artists, New York. Jessica Lagunas is a 2008 Fellowship recipient from the Urban Artist Initiative/New York City.
Jessic Lagunas works in a range of media including video, installation, and collage. Her artworks are body based and use materials with feminine associations; using her own body in performance video works and elsewhere creating installations and objects using materials which reference the body; such as make up, human hair and perfume. Her works can be seen to express concerns with the condition of women in contemporary society. Addressing issues such as the construction of feminine stereotypes and ideals, Lagunas questions society‚Äôs obsessions with body image, beauty, sexuality and ageing. Elsewhere in Jessica Lagunas practice, her works display an engagement with socio-political issues in her native Guatemala, exploring themes such as feminicide, repression, violence, and sexism. The minimalist aesthetics of her performance video, display a strong engagement in contemporary visual culture; appropriating visual codes of advertising and pop videos.