SERGIO VALENCIA SALAZAR
(Guatemala, b. 1992)
Sergio Valencia Salazar is a Guatemalan artist and since 2012 is an active member of Taller Experimental de Gráfica de Guatemala (Experimental Printmaking Workshop of Guatemala, est. 2007) as well as co-founder and director of Trama Gallery. This work confronts the way that digital media has not only distorted our sense of reality but also diminished our observational skills. In Glitch, Valencia Salazar has taken photographs of Mayan pyramids and allowed digital programs to alter them in order to create inaccurate representations of these sacred spaces. The results represent the perpetuation of the distortion and virtual pillaging of spiritual spaces in Western culture where the viewer, instead of reflecting on the history of the space, becomes merely a casual consumer of cultural patrimony. His work has been exhibited in Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, and Spain.