Astrid Blazsek-Ayala | Head On Photo Festival

Astrid Blazsek-Ayala


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A monster with the body of a man and the head of a bull. His name means 'Bull of Minos’, and he was the son of Pasiphaë and the Bull of Crete. He was locked in a labyrinth designed by the craftsman Daedalus, in the city of Knossos, on the island of Crete. 


In ancient Greek, Chimera means fabulous animal. It is a lion-like being with a goat’s head on its back and a snake for a tail. It is a hybrid Monster, the daughter of Typhon and Echidna, who roams the regions of Asia Minor, terrorising populations and gobbling up animals, including entire herds. 

3 - Hypnos in Club Italiano, Guatemala City 

Hypnos is the personification of dream. His mother was Nyx, the night, who had him without male intervention, although in some other tradition his father was Erebus. In art, Hypnos was portrayed as a young man with wings on his shoulders or temples. His symbols are a sleep-inducing opium horn, a poppy stem, a branch from which the dew of the Leto River drips, and an inverted torch. 

4 - Icarus in Teatro Abril, Guatemala City 

The King of Crete, Minos, was so enraged with Daedalus for having helped Theseus in his fight against the Minotaur that he imprisoned him, along with his son Icarus. In order to escape the island, Daedalus prepared wings for him and his son with wax and feathers. Daedalus advised his son not to fly near the sun. But as soon as they went into the sky, Icarus forgot the advice and the wax on his wings melted. Icarus fell into the sea that now has his name. 

About the series

"In this work, I explore the crossing of one culture by another and the intersections, omissions and fading of a culture. To develop the project, I worked with professional craftsman, Pedro Mendoza from Park Colón in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I provided him with a written description of specific figures from Greek mythology, as well as an image of an artefact or sculpture depicting each character. He was instructed to make a human size piñata, a traditional papier-mâché container, for each mythological figure." 

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Artist bio

Astrid Blazsek-Ayala is an economist and artist from Guatemala. She has a PhD in Economics from University of Navarre, Spain (2010), and holds a degree in Advanced Studies in Photography and Management of Photographic Projects from La Fototeca and the University of San Carlos de Guatemala (2016). She has also studied several subjects in Node Center. She has participated in exhibitions in Antigua Tipografía Sánchez & De Guise (2020), Espacio Satélite (2018, 2019), Museo Arte Guatemala (2018) and Fototropía (2016). Her work is part of the publication Prisma Volumen II (2018). In 2017, she co-founded the Collective Agalma, Guatemala. 

Print details

Price: AUD$800 + shipping. GST is not applicable for this international artist.
Presentation: Raw oak frame, 61x46cm
Materials: archival paper with pigment ink
Edition: 5
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