Angélica Serech

Born 1982 | San Juan Comalapa
Lives and works San Juan Comalapa

Angélica Serech produces textile installations that take cues from the ancestral weaving traditions of the Kaqchikel people in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala. For the 14th Gwangju Biennale, the artist presents Sowing Words on my Second Skin (Sembrando palabras en mi segunda piel) 2023, a textile installation that consists of several layers of yarns and threads that together create a loose structure. Like the rest of her works, the installation makes use of weaving traditions that she inherited from her familial heritage. The upper base of the installation, which is tightly knit with threads of varying colours, is complemented by the colourful braided yarns that drape over on top. By merging various colours and textures on both sides of the textile, the installation prompts the viewer to walk around to experience its full breadth of materiality.

Angélica Serech, Sowing Words on my Second Skin (Sembrando palabras en mi segunda piel) 2023. Pedal loom, vertical loom and wooden needle embroidery. 250×700cm. Courtesy the artist and Galería EXTRA. Installation view, 14th Gwangju Biennale (2023). Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation. Photo: glimworkers