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Jessica Kairé 



Kairé’s uses sculpture, ceramics, video, performance, and installation, to create works that often solicit public participation. Her work addresses issues related to the Guatemalan and Latin identity in general and specific subjects of her native country: violence, underdevelopment, and tropicality. She is particularly interested in appropriating materials, objects and contexts that are informed by personal or collective conflict and altering the way we relate to them through an often playful and humorous approach.

In our last conversation for Tropical Papers, Jessica Kairé, co-Founder and co-Director of NuMu, el Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Guatemala City. presents this clever museum project.

An egg-shaped museum that aims to satiate the lack of other contemporary art institutions in the city, NuMu is the first and only contemporary art museum in Guatemala, dedicated exclusively to supporting, exhibiting, and documenting contemporary art. The physical space measures approximately 2 x 2.5 meters and is shaped like an egg, as it was originally designed as a drive-thru egg selling kiosk.

As both museum and artwork, NuMu re-evaluates the general meaning of a museum, and what it means to be a contemporary art museum in the 21st century in both the local context of Guatemala City, and the international art scene. 

Through its exhibition program, NuMu offers support to realize local and international artistic projects. 

Today, with two venues (one in Guatemala and a nomadic structure currently in the US) through the work of some of the world’s leading artists and thinkers in the arts, NuMu has become a space that stimulates conversations around race, gender, equality, politics, the preservation of shared resources and the conservation of artistic legacies that would otherwise be ignored.

Jessica Kairé (b. 1980) is a Guatemalan-born artist living and working in New York. She is also the co-Founder and co-Director of NuMu (Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo) in Guatemala City, an egg-shaped museum that aims to satiate the lack of other contemporary art institutions in the city.

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