Coco Guzman is a Spanish-Canadian queer artist using drawing, installation and on-site interventions to investigate stories, mostly of what is not revealed to the eye but lives within our everyday reality as embodied memories, hidden whispers or naughty traces. Through an interdisciplinary approach that draws on critical theory, comics, queering studio processes, archival research, observation, and conversations with friends, Coco’s work invokes latent stories that invite the viewer to question who they are and the society they live in.
Coco’s work has been exhibited across the Americas and Europe, notably at CentroCentro Madrid (Spain), the XIII Havana Biennale (Cuba) Encuentros (Mexico) and many other international art events. They are also the co-founder of Colectivo Pez Luna, a theatre collective dedicated to exploring the intersections between drag, theatre, drawing and space. Coco has received the support of the Canada Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Art Council as well as the Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada fellowship for both their master and doctoral research. Coco is currently based in Madrid and pursuing their doctoral degree at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia. Their current research focuses on strategies of drawing that explore queer and non-normative understanding of the human body.
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