REGINA JOSÉ GALINDO
September 15–October 13, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007, 2–5pm
Pari Nadimi Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition: video installation and photography by Regina José Galindo.
Regina José Galindo born 1974 in Ciudad de Guatemala is the winner of 2005 Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion prize for artist under age 35, she was included in “Always A Little Further” curated by Rosa Martinez.
Galindo’s actions in “Who can erase the traces?” became immediately famous within the public as representation of individual resistance and a collective portrayal of a civil, untrusting society. In this work, a young woman dressed in black makes her way across Guatemala City—from the Constitutional Court to the National Palace—with her feet covered in blood, fulfilling a silent and difficult act, condemning against the possible presidential election of former dictator Rios Montt. But ever since her first action in 1999, Galindo was already congregating the space of her own body with society’s body, when—still unheard—she would chant her poetry while being suspended 10 meters above ground in an urban plaza in Guatemala City.
A true exhibitor of “reenactment” art, Regina José Galindo returns to the places that have served as public witnesses to history’s dramas and, through the use of her body, “reenacts” those actions. The reenactments never attempts to identically recreate the happenings, but instead to restore the possibility of what could have been: her actions don’t reinstate the past as it was, but bring about the possibility of it happening again. It is because of this that the center of Galindo’s work is not a direct representation on itself, but instead a string of theatrical events used as key portrayals are the center of Galindo’s rituals on scene: strange ceremonies, immediate actions that consist of either chants or acts done hic et nunc, reenacted within a real movement.
Galindo’s performances have been in major international venues including: Estrecho Dudoso, MADC Museo de Arte Y Diseno Contemporáneo, San José, 2006, Into me/Out of me, Kunst-Werke Berlin e.V. - KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin2006, Venice - Istanbul, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, 2006, Into me / Out of me, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, 2006, The Power of Women, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy, 2006, 3rd Tirana Biennial 2005, Tirana Biennial, Tirana, Albany, 2005, 51st International Art Exhibition - Always a little further, Venice Biennale, Venice, 2005 and Prague Biennale 2, Prague Biennale, Prague, 2005, 49th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Venice, 2001.