Born in Nicaragua in 1971, Jessica Lagunas grew up in Guatemala where she studied graphic design. Through various media, such as installations, video-performance and objects, her art projects use a minimum of elements for expressing her concerns about the condition of woman in contemporary society.
She participated in Pontevedra Biennial (Spain, 2010), El Museo del Barrio’s Biennial (New York, 2007), Tirana Biennial (Albania, 2005), Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador, 2001), Caribbean Biennial (Dominican Republic, 2001) and Paiz Biennial (Guatemala, 2012, 2010, 2008). Her work has been included on group exhibitions at the Art Museum of the Americas (Washington, D.C., 2012), Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York, 2006), Jersey City Museum (New Jersey, 2010, 2007), the International Festival of Contemporary Arts–City of Women (Slovenia, 2010), as well as in different cities in the United States, UK, Italy, Spain, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
She was a selected artist for the program Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) at the Bronx Museum of the Arts during 2005-06. Her work is included in the anthology “Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women”, published in 2006 by the International Museum of Women in San Francisco; and in “Arte de las Américas” (2008) a DVD publication from ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art.
Jessica Lagunas has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation 2014 Painters & Sculptors Grant; Bronx Council on the Arts’ BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) 2016 Grantee; a 2008 Fellowship from the Urban Artist Initiative/New York City; and from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s (NoMAA) ReGrant Program for Individual Artists. She has been awarded residencies from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at Governors Island, NY, 2010; an Artist-in-Residence at Center for Book Arts, NY, 2012; Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace Program, NY, 2014; and El Museo del Barrio, 2016.