Guadalupe Martinez (Argentina, 1980) is an artist and educator making works that reflect on art, pedagogy, and place with the hope to create spaces of connection, care, discovery, and world making. Interested in the complex relationships between history and memory, her practice looks for silent narratives that may be foundational to individual and collective healing.
Her ongoing project CUERPO collective-body functions as a site and methodology to explore embodied research and somatic activism. A fluid group of emerging artists and mentors sharing knowledge, movement, and touch. A practice where embodied learning transforms conventional approaches to art production and education. A holistic process of liberating the body and the self, to occupy the often-disembodied spaces of academia and art institutions; allowing for a more expansive space to integrate and share knowledge. A search for a praxis where intimacy, embodiment and care may intersect through creative process. She is currently working on an artist book focusing on breath, touch, feeling, and dancing for collective healing, and a solo show focusing on intersections of performance, education, and collaboration.
Martinez is a Sessional Lecturer in Performance Art, Actions, and Approaches at UBC Vancouver. Her work has been shown extensively in Argentina, US, Italy, Mexico and Canada at The Vancouver Art Gallery, Or Gallery, Access Gallery, VIVO Media Arts, Griffin Art Projects, Latitude 53, Grunt Gallery, VIVA! Art Action, LIVE! Biennale, Open Space Victoria, CIA (Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas), Palais de Glace, Museo del Grabado, Centro Cultural San Martin, Centro Cultural Borges, and Infr’Action Venezia among others.