Wednesday, October 18, 2017

monochromatic – nieuw dakota

I would like to thank everyone who came out Sunday to the show in Nieuw Dakota. I have been blessed showing in so many different countries and so many places, for so many amazing people. Thank you so much for having my projects. An artist is nothing without it’s crowd, and everyone who helps with the shows and putting the word out on the streets.
All the best

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

12th Havana Biennial

HAVANA – May 20, 2015

During The 12th Havana Biennial, The Wilfredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art & The Development Center for the Visual Arts will open a unique exhibition featuring work from Panamanian Dutch artist Antonio Jose Guzman on May 22. In Project ELOO El Organo Oriental, the organ plays music that has been composed using the information elements from the Guzman’s DNA. The enlarged sheets of the unique organ score hang suspended in the space. This makes the DNA not only audible but also visible, the installation also includes photos of his highly regarded photo series the Forbidden Kingdom. In addition, the Cuban orchestra La Tradicion Del Milenio will support the exhibition on a daily basis. 

Born in 1971 in Panama City, Panama, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Antonio Jose Guzman was one of the first Panamanian artists to embrace scientific research and conceptual abstraction in his work. Guzman studied in Panama, New York, Costa Rica and at the Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie. 

ELOO from Antonio Jose Guzman is a collaboration between the Wilfredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art and Atelier GF Workstation Amsterdam, the project has been generously supported by the Mondriaan Foundation from the Netherlands. 

“In keeping with our dedication of exhibiting and researching the work by Latin American artists like Antonio Jose Guzman, The Wilfredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art is pleased to launch Project ELOO during the 12th Havana Biennial ,” says the Biennial Director Jorge Fernandez Torres at the Cuban renown television program Mesa Redonda. “Guzman’s work is groundbreaking and merits the attention of a wider audience. This exhibition combines his innovative work with fascinating aspects of his art process.” 

“It’s important to say that in the 12th Havana Biennial upcoming artists like Antonio Jose Guzman will come into contact with legendary artists like Michelangelo Pistoletto; Daniel Buren, Anish Kapoor or Joseph Kosuth. The Havana Biennial, for many of these artists, will be a major release.” 

ABOUT THE Biennial
Between the Idea and Experience
May 22 – June 22, 2015

Curatorial team: Jorge Fernandez Torres, Director Havana Biennial and Curator, Margarita Gonzalez Lorente, Artistic Director Havana Biennial and Curator.
Curators: Nelson Herrera Ysla, Jose Manuel Noceda Fernandez, Margarita Sanchez Prieto, Ibis Hernandez Abascal, Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda, and Jose Fernandez Portal.

This year, the program of activities includes performances from the worlds of dance, theatre, music, film and literature. In the words of one of the organisers: “It won’t be a Biennial for collectors or gallerists, but rather to make a connection with the city”. There will be no official opening or specific venue; art will spill out of the galleries, bursting into the streets which will be bubbling with ideas.

The 12th Biennial will be held in squares, parks and urban spaces, as well as in the usual venues for the event, including the Wifredo Lam Centre of Contemporary Art, the photo library Fototeca de Cuba, the Centre for the Development of Visual Arts and the Cuba Pavilion.

For more images and more information, contact:

Atelier GF Workstation, +31627340646,

Monday, November 10, 2014

Independence of Spain - Panama

Today Panama celebrates The Independence of the Villa de Los Santos also known as La Independencia de la Villa de Los Santos, November 10, 1821. This event would begin a process of uprisings in cities across the Isthmus, ending with the declaration of the independence of Panama from Spain on November 28, 1821. But slavery was somehow kept in the Isthmus until almost the end of the century. In Panama slavery was part of the economy of the Isthmus and all institutions like hospitals, clergy, landowners and the local bourgeoisie practiced. Powerful interests were in agreement with slavery and the fact that so much money was invested in the institution.

It was not until May 21, 1851 that thanks to Simon Bolivar, the abolition of slavery was enacted by the Congress of the New Granada. Slavery didn’t stop completely and after independence from Colombia the Constitution of 1904, the first of Panamanian independent life, debuted with Article 19, which prescribed: "There will be no slaves in Panama. Whoever, is a servant and step on the territory of the Republic, shall be free. "

The real heroes of the independence are Maroons like Bayano, Felipillo Anton Mandinga, and Luis de Mozanbique. Revolutionary leaders of the earliest and most important Palenque’s in the Americas like Nombre de Dios, Acla, El Rincon, Chepo, Pacora and Real de Santamaria in Darien where my grandfather Antonio Jaramillo was.

Antonio Jose Guzman

Photo - Fiesta popular de Afrodescendientes en la ciudad de Panamá - El Hatillo, 1890.

© Carlos Endara Andrade, (April 13, 1865 - 1954) Ecuadorian photographer who developed his work in Panama, becoming one of the pioneers of Panamanian photography.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Focus Latin America: Art is Our Last Hope - Phoenix Art Museum

I’m participating with Arttextum in the massive exhibition “Focus Latin America: Art is Our Last Hope” happening in the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, from 1 October to 23 November.  

Focus Latin America: Art is Our Last Hope 
Phoenix Art Museum, Orientation Room
On View: October 1 through November 23

The Phoenix Art Museum international, contemporary mail art exhibition, entitled Focus Latin America: Art Is Our Last Hope. Organized in conjunction with a landmark exhibition of Brazilian artist Paulo Bruscky’s works, this show consists of artworks on the Latin American theme mailed to the Museum by artists around the globe and also by artists in our local community. 

Copyright © by Phoenix Art Museum

New Dutch Photography Talent 2015

I’m proud to announce that I’m selected as one of the “New Dutch Photography Talent 2015″.

This is a book featuring the best 100 emerging Dutch talents in 2015. Books soon available in retail.

“New is a book, a catalogue, a style-guide featuring the best 100 emerging Dutch photographers annually. New is a platform, initiated by GUP magazine, bringing Dutch based photography talents to the attention of galleries, museums, commercial and photography agencies, media companies and institutions that work with imagery.”

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ritualism - Melkweg

Right now preparing for another exhibit in the Melkweg Galerie in Amsterdam

OPENING: Friday 19 September, 18.00 hrs 

19 September – 5 October 2014

With works from Iain McKell – Yvonne Brandwijk – Isolde Woudstra – Sharieta Berghuis – Antonio José Guzman – Jochem Sanders – Tim Georgeson e.a.

Tracking Debugger Device | Hogon Series | Lightjet print in metallic paper | Surin Islands, Thailand
© A.J. Guzman 2014

The Hogon series are an exploration to the manner in which contemporary photography, fashion and visual history use cultural appropriation as a style; Taking without permission, the cultural artifacts, intellectual property, or cultural expressions, of another cultures.

“Ritualism” can be seen as documenting the latest religion of city dwellers. It explores the ways in which modern people, whether we are aware of it or not, create rituals in our daily lives. Sometimes these rituals are designed to help us find deeper meaning in our lives. Other times we use rituals to lose ourselves in the seemingly endless stream of sensations that bombard us in modern life. Stripped of all dogmas, we as individuals can develop our own rituals that define our place in the current of urban life.

For more information see

Hel Ved is a photography agency that aims to promote the careers of its international group of fine art and commercial photographers. They specialize in documentation-oriented photography that allows the unique style of the photographer to shine through. Hel Ved has an online art gallery and also participates in offline events in which they showcase contemporary photography.

For more information visit

Scotland Referendum vs Caledonia

Today Scotland will decide if they become an independent country or if they continue been part of the United Kingdom. Scotland had a colony in Panama in 1698 named Caledonia. Couple of years ago I started a research project about the Scottish Colonies in Panama and how their colony failure force them to annex to the U.K. 


The failure of the Darien colonisation project has been cited as one of the motivations for the 1707 Acts of Union. According to this argument, the Scottish establishment considered that their best chance of being part of a major power would be to share the benefits of England’s international trade and the growth of the English Empire, so its future would have to lie in unity with England. Furthermore, Scotland’s nobles were almost bankrupted by the Darien fiasco.


 Images: Flag of the Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies during the Panamanian Colony and Image of New Caledonia.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Foto Septiembre Panama

Shout outs to ELEMENT Magazine Panama for publishing the Hogon series in their last Photo September issue.

Ehrior and staff keep the good work!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tracking Debugger Device | Hogon Series - Melkweg New Dawn

Opening: Thursday, August 21 from 17:00 to 21: 00 

On Thursday, August 21 New Dawn celebrates the publication of its latest print issue! During this festive launch a number of works not previously exhibited will be on display from Vivian Keulards, and Max Ernst Coppejans Kraanen – photographers which a portfolio published in New Dawn # 4.

These and other published works by New Dawn will be at the Melkweg Gallery until September 7.

Melkweg Gallery – Marnixstraat 409 Amsterdam

Tracking Debugger Device | Hogon Series | Surin Islands, Thailand

hogon (the forbidden kingdom)
work in progress

The Hogon series are an exploration to the manner in which contemporary photography, fashion and visual history use cultural appropriation as a style; Taking without permission, the cultural artefacts, intellectual property, or cultural expressions, of another cultures.

Taking this unnatural phenomenon of appropriation and cultural neo-colonization, the series use characters and metaphors that represent the separation and alienation of non western cultures and appropriators. Covering the faces of the people portrayed, I define the syndromes of subjection, violence, individualism, alienation and objectification that affect modern society. 

 © Antonio Jose Guzman 2013 Bangkok – Ko Lanta – Surin – Chiang Mai – GF Workstation Studio

Thursday, July 31, 2014

HEL VED - Parkhotel

You can have a peek at HEL VED special curated exhibition at 
Parkhotel until 15th september 2014. 

Stadhouderskade 25 - 1071 ZD Amsterdam

Baifal Ultra | Présence Series | Dakar, Senegal

Baifal 6 | Présence Series | Lightjet print | Dakar, Senegal 2012

Hel Ved Gallery present the latest work by selected photographers, in an especially for the Park Hotel curated exhibition. 

Iain Mckell Photographer
Benni Valsson 
Alex Salinas 
Antonio Jose Guzman
Jochem Sanders Photography 
Tribble & Mancenido
Stefano Galli 
Sharieta Berghuis 

Art of Style is a collaboration between Park Hotel, HEL VED, CODEMagazine and choreographer Gianni Grot.


Since the beginning of human history geometric order and chaos exists in architectural and urban structures together. Balance between order and chaos is necessary. I am constantly looking for photographs and spaces that exude a melancholic mood and mystery. The indifference created covering the faces of the people portrayed, depicts a world of African myths and global realities.

Creating this visual obstruction the photographs visualize the social costs of our careless Indifference to the world we living and our communities. As most of my work the series were born from past experiences, dreams and desires.

Some of the portraits on the series were inspired by Dogon African Mythology and by the paintings ” The Son of  Man” and “La Grande Guerre Façades” by Belgian painter René Magritte.

© Antonio Jose Guzman 2012 Dakar – Saint Louis – Ngor – Gorée

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Currently working at Art OMI New York

The Art Omi Residency is now underway with 30 Residents from 24 Countries.
Join us to celebrate during Art Omi Weekend on July 12-13, an annual event attended by hundreds of art professionals, art lovers, neighbors and friends! 

The community is invited to celebrate the culmination of the Art Omi residency program with a weekend celebration on July 12-13, including Open Studios on Sunday, which is free and open to the public.

Saturday night brings Sneak Preview Tours, Dinner Under the Stars and the Dance Party with exuberant live music by LARA + KIRAN (open bar!). LARA is a pop/punk/rock singer-songwriter and KIRAN plays drums for M.I.A.

On Sunday, before the Open Studios, join us for a Country Brunch with the Artists overlooking 120+ acres of contemporary art then take a short walk down the road for the much anticipated Open Studio Tours, where visitors will see the work the artists have been making for the last four weeks.

For more information and event details, including tickets, please visit: — at ART OMI – Omi International Arts Center.

guzman at omiA studio visit with Charlotta Kotik. — at ART OMI – Omi International Arts Center New York

Feature in Dutch Culture USA

© Antonio Jose Guzman - Dutch Culture USA

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

currently working at Omi International Arts Center – upstate new york

Omi International Arts Center is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, translators, musicians, and dancers. Omi seeks to foster an environment of creative exploration and exchange, professional opportunity and exposure, and a stylistically and culturally diverse community for creative artists from around the world. Through our programs and resulting public events – including our Residency Programs, The Fields Sculpture Park, Architecture Omi, and Education Omi – Omi contributes to a vibrant arts culture locally, regionally, and internationally.

Antonio Jose Guzman | Dukkha | OMI International Art Center | New York 2014

Since its founding, Omi has been guided by the principle that artistic expression transcends economic, political, and cultural boundaries. To date, Omi has hosted more than 1,800 artists from over 100 countries. By inviting a unique and varied mix of artists, writers, musicians and dancers from all over the world to create a diverse, positive working community, Omi transforms this guiding vision into an exciting reality. 

Omi International Arts Center is located in beautiful Ghent, New York, two and a half hours from New York City. Omi is situated on 300 acres of rolling farmland with spectacular views of the Catskills and the Hudson River Valley. The Fields Sculpture Park is a public exhibition space featuring over 80 contemporary sculptures. Open year-round, the park provides thousands of visitors the opportunity to experience the impact of important international contemporary sculpture in a striking natural setting. The Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center accommodates visitors to The Fields Sculpture Park, providing an indoor gallery and a café for exhibitions and events. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Work it out

WORK IT OUT – exhibition at the Melkweg Gallery is starting on friday the 20th! Come and see the work of Dim Balsem, Meriam Rouabah, Sharieta Berghuis, Nick Helderman, Laisa Maria, Antonio Guzman and Jochem Sanders. Join us at the launch and the dj set by Homework’s Tom Waist and a live performance by PHANTOM while sipping a drink, and check our event for many more stuff! See you this friday!

© Antonio Jose Guzman - San | Hogon Series | GF Workstation Studio

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Harlem meet and greet reception at curator Sasha Dees

Art Lime for Antonio Jose Guzman who is on his way from The Netherlands to Art Omi in Ghent, NY where he will be in residency for a month. Some of you will know Antonio from his lecture at Rush Art Gallery (2012) and/or participating in the groups exhibition at Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn (2013). 

Bādiyah | Présence Series | Dakar, Senegal 2012

Grateful | Hogon Series | Surin Islands, Thailand 2013

Lines | Présence Series | Lightjet print | Dakar, Senegal 2012

Monday, June 2, 2014

hel ved at kunstrai art fair

Hel Ved is proud to present diverse artworks of Tribble & Mancenido, Alex Salinas, Iain McKell, Jochem Sanders, Benni Valsson, Stefano Galli and Sharieta Berghuis on the KunstRAI, contemporary artfair. 

Also on display our new Hel Ved artist: Antonio Jose Guzman. 

We would like to invite you for an exclusive tour along the Raw Edges of the KunstRAI and drinks on Thursday the 5th of June at 18hrs.

- June 5, 2014

Learn the ‘how-to’ in collecting art and photography. Curator Bob Smit (RAW art fair) guides you through diverse raw edges galleries on the KunstRAI. 

7.00 p.m. Drinks, DJ Niek & Absolut Tasting: The secrets of premium Vodka.

Join us for the exclusive Hel Ved opening this Thursday from 7pm @booth 32 of Hel Ved. RSVP for the guestlist.

6.00 p.m. Start Exlusive Raw Edges Tour@Hel Ved/ 32

RSVP before the 4th of June at for the ‘Exclusive Raw Edges Tour’ (limited to 20 persons) at 6 p.m. or ‘Just for Drink’ at 7 p.m.

The KunstRAI and exhibition of Hel Ved Gallery is open to the public from Wednesday 4th of June (8 p.m. to 22 p.m.) , Thursday 5th & Friday 6th (12 p.m. to 21 p.m.), Saturday 7th + Sunday 8th + Monday 9th (11 a.m. to 18 p.m.)

Sunday, June 1, 2014


We are proud to present our newest Hel Ved artist on the KunstRAI:
Antonio Jose Guzman.

His work ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’ creates indifference by covering the faces of the people portrayed, depicting a world of African myths and global realities. 

HEL VED is an photographers agency & art gallery specialised in documentary-oriented photography.

HEL VED is an agency specialised in documentary-oriented photography for fashion, general campaigns and editorial purposes. HEL VED is an agency but acts as a gallery as well, with an online presence and offline events.

We define New Documentary as photography that uses reality as a canvas to create explicitly subjective perspectives of images. This can result in an abstraction from reality, but can also facilitate a deeper look into the fabric of that same reality. One could say that New Documentary is the poetic aspect of ‘regular documentary photography’, traditionally seen in news and photo journalism.

Clearly things are not always black and white as scientists or philosophers would hope. But then again, photography is not a science. It’s a continuously evolving art.

Labels are no more than a device which serve to enable a conversation about creative work. And in order to stimulate this conversation. Hel Ved has initiated New Documentary: a platform and evening dedicated to the art of New Documentary photography.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Art Omi New York this summer

As you already know, I will be resident at Art Omi New York this summer.

Enclosed below is the list of the artists who will be participating in Art Omi 2014.

Bashar Alhourb, Palestinian Territories
Francis Greenburger Fellowship for Mitigating Ethnic
Lara Baladi, Egypt
Jesus Benavente, USA
Gopal Dagnogo, Ivory Coast/France
Ira Eduardovna, Uzbekistan/USA
Sara Eliassen, Norway
Marcos Castro, Mexico
Serge Clottey, Ghana
Mauro Giaconi, Argentina/Mexico
Frances Goodman, South Africa, Cecily Brown Fellowship
Nikolai Ischuk, Russia
Antonio Jose Guzman, Panama/The Netherlands
Taro Hattori, Japan/USA
Siddhartha Kararwal, India, Prana Studios Award
Judith G. Levy, USA, Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship
Cynthia Madansky, USA
Amarsaikhan Namsraijav, Mongolia
Dominique Petrin, Canada, Antrev Habland Award
Howardena Pindell, USA, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
Marlon Portales Cusett, Cuba
Caroline Rothwell, Australia, Art Omi Australia Committee
Jessica Segall, USA
Peyman Shafieezadeh, Iran
Sunaura Taylor, USA, Unlimited Art Fellowship
Wojciech Gilewicz, Poland/USA, Adam Mickiewicz Institute Fellowship

Biographies at:

© Photos Art Omi © In the photos Remy Jungerman at work & Artists 2013

Monday, February 3, 2014

The American Race Crisis lectures

Some years ago I was lucky to be invited by Sean Jacobs and Sasha Dees to give a lecture on “DNA as a work of art” at the New School Graduate Program in International Affairs.

The New School is one of the most extraordinary places I had ever lecture and I’ll be eternally thankful to Sean Jacobs and Sasha Dees for inviting me. Now, fifty years after the VOICES OF CRISIS: THE AMERICAN RACE CRISIS LECTURES, THE NEW SCHOOL, 1964.

There will be a series of lectures and presentations commemorating the event from February 12 to March 6, 2014. If you are in the New York area don’t miss this change to be part of history. Opening reception to be held in galleries immediately following the February 12 event.

In 1964, The American Race Crisis lectures brought to The New School leading figures from the civil rights movement. Speakers included Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, Ossie Davis, Louis Lomax, and John Killens, among others. Now, fifty years later, VOICES OF CRISIS tells the story of the American Race Crisis lecture series, featuring exclusive audio, from the series.

Through photographs, documents, transcripts, and audio recordings, including a question and answer with Martin Luther King, Jr., the exhibition sheds light on the behind-the-scenes context of these historic Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Helved creative call

Good news, I been nominated out of 200 applications for the Helved competition call to new creative documentary photographers. 

The jury that selected the 10 nominees of the creative call is Nanda van den Berg from Huis Marseille, Frits Gierstberg from Het Nederlands Fotomuseum and Roderick van der Lee from the Unseen Photo Fair. 

Please join us this Friday the 15th of November, a unique evening dedicated to a new generation of documentary inspired photography. During this night the outcome of Hel Ved's creative call will be shown to the public. The work of the 10 nominees will be shown through a brief presentation and at the end of this evening the winner will be announced. 

Other highlights of the Programme- Hurry Up & Wait: Live Feed from New York with photographers Tribble & Mancenido- The making of Documentary fashion by CODE magazines' creative director Peter van Rhoon - Pop Culture's Edge: our special guest from London Iain Mc Kell presents an insight into 30 years of his work

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Working on Hogon, a book with my photos and projects from the last 10 years. To be presented with my show at the Montevideo Biennial 2014. With the help of graphic designer Raul Balai. This are some of the selections.