Guatemala has never been an easy place to think about ourselves in a critical way. Perhaps that explains how paradoxical is the fact that its current artistic production is of a disconcerting richness. After an armed conflict which ended in 1996, and a transition to a postwar era, the few governmental and academic institutions devoted to culture, art and the study of these disciplines, continue to wear out in a non stopped political, economical, social and citizen crisis. The same has influenced artistic training, research and the exercise of critical thinking. After all, a 36-year war leaves wounds and traces of all kind. This has produced a disconnection between the common citizen with the forms and languages ​​of art in general, and contemporary art in particular. Rebuilding and anchoring bridges is one of the great challenges that the Proyecto LAICA has decided to face.