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AIATSIS and the Embassy of Guatemala Present 'Celebrating First Nations Partnerships – Guatemalan Exhibition' 

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is thrilled to announce an exciting collaboration with the Embassy of Guatemala, "Celebrating First Nations Partnerships – Guatemalan Exhibition." This unique showcase will feature a diverse range of captivating artworks and artefacts generously provided by the Guatemalan Embassy on a short-term loan to AIATSIS.  

“Sharing cultures promotes true unity because it makes us complement each other and opens spaces for dialogue in the pursuit of common goals and the search of joint solutions for today’s challenges. The collaboration between AIATSIS and the Embassy of Guatemala is the best example of these new forms of dialogue, as it gives the opportunity of bringing together two of the oldest know civilizations from two different continents on both sides of the Pacific, by sharing their wisdom, culture art and heritage. This exhibition is only the beginning of a growing partnership between our first nations, in our search to preserve and promote their legacy,” His Excellency Ronald Recinos, Ambassador of Guatemala to Australia and New Zealand.  

The exhibition will take place from 1 to 30 September 2023 in the WEH Stanner reading room at Maraga, Canberra and is open to the public for viewing during business hours. Visitors can immerse themselves in Guatemala's rich cultural heritage and artistic expression through this exhibition. The curated collection offers a captivating journey, shedding light on Guatemala’s First Nations peoples' traditions, culture, and artistic legacies. 
Visitors can expect an extraordinary display encompassing various artistic mediums, including paintings, sculptures, textiles, and ceramics. Each piece holds a story and is a testament to the vibrant cultural heritage of the Mayan people of Guatemala. The collaboration between AIATSIS and the Guatemalan Embassy seeks to foster cultural exchange, deepen understanding, and celebrate the interconnectedness of Indigenous cultures globally. 
The exhibition will also feature a special vignette dedicated to the thought-provoking works of José del Busto, a distinguished photographic artist. Del Busto's captivating images capture the essence of Guatemalan landscapes, people, and traditions, inviting viewers to contemplate the intricate beauty of everyday life.  

"Connecting and collaborating on projects like the Guatemalan Exhibition is a testament to the vibrant cultural heritage of Indigenous communities worldwide and a powerful way to foster understanding and strengthen relationships - bridging the gaps between cultures by exchanging art, knowledge, and experiences, creating a platform for dialogue, appreciation, and celebration. This exhibition is a reminder of the interconnectedness of Indigenous cultures globally and the importance of working together to preserve and promote the invaluable contributions of First Nations peoples' ways of knowing, being and doing." - Leonard Hill, Acting CEO, AIATSIS.  

AIATSIS welcomes all art enthusiasts, cultural explorers, and the wider community to join us at Maraga. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Guatemalan art and heritage and experience the power of artistic expression as a catalyst for understanding and connection. 
For media inquiries, interviews, or further information, please contact: or SMS to 0476 843 522    

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is a national institution dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing the cultures, histories, and knowledge of Australia's First Nations peoples. 

About the Embassy of Guatemala
The Embassy of Guatemala represents the Guatemalan government's and people's interests in Australia, fostering cultural, diplomatic, and economic cooperation between the two nations. 

This perraje from Quetzaltenango is a type of large narrow shawl, used to cover the head and carry a child on the back, or to simply wear as a coat. It is usually woven by pedal loom and made of cotton and rayon. 

Installation view of 'Celebrating First Nations Partnerships – Guatemalan Exhibition', 1 Sept - 6 Oct 2023. Photo: AIATSIS.


Last updated: 05 September 2023