PROJECT ROOM: Regina José Galindo Vulnerable
May 24 – September 30, 2012
Curated by Idurre Alonso
Regina José Galindo is one of the leading female artists working in performance today. Her work is inspired by the performances of body-oriented artists of the 1960s and 1970s such as Marina Abramovic (Serbia, b. 1946), Chris Burden (United States, b. 1946), Orlan (France, b. 1947) and Gina Pane (France, 1935-1990). She uses her own body to test her mental and physical limits adding to her works the social context from which her artistic projects emerge. She draws attention to socio-political issues by inflicting or mimicking direct, physical violence on her body and often places herself and the viewer into difficult psychological situations. Through her performances Galindo directly responds to socio-political struggles: She boldly points to political crimes, social hierarchies, segregation and the oppression of women. Galindo gained international acclaim with her performance Quién puede borrar las huellas (Who can remove the traces), 2003, where the artist walked from the Constitutional Building to the National Palace in Guatemala with a basin full of human blood, dipping her feet in it and leaving a trace of bloody footprints; a powerful statement related to the abuse of human rights in her native country.
For this edition of the project room, Galindo will do a performance that establishes a dialogue between a developed context and the ‘underworld’ state of unprivileged people through a concrete and direct action. Vulnerable, will be composed of documentation objects, including photographs and videos of some of the most significant performances by Galindo as well as the stage and documentation of the live performance to take place during the opening of the exhibition, which was specifically created for MOLAA by the artist.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
7:30 - 9:00pm
Join curator Idurre Alonso in a Skype conversation with artist Regina José Galindo related to her work in the Project Room exhibition at MOLAA.
Regina José Galindo
Who can erase the traces?, 2003
photo: Victor Pérez