Regina José Galindo, Rompiendo el Hielo, 2008. Video Still, 23' 22", Du store verden! / the DSV network. Courtesy of the artist and Prometeo Gallery di Ida Pisani.
Regina José Galindo. Tumba, 2009. Video, Oscar Oviedo and David Pérez Karmadavis. Photo: Oscar Oviedo. Courtesy of the artist and Prometeo Gallery di Ida Pisani.
Regina Jose Galindo, No perdemos nada con nacer (We don't lose anything by being born), 2000. Image courtesy of prometeogallery di Ida Pisani.
Regina José Galindo, Himenoplastia, 2004. Video 7' 2". Photo: Bella de Vico. Courtesy of the artist and Prometeo Gallery di Ida Pisani.
Regina Jose Galindo, Perra, 2005, Performance.
Regina Jose Galindo, Perra, 2005, Performance.
Regina José Galindo. Mientras, ellos siguen libres, Me ataron y me vendaron los ojos, tenía tres meses de embarazo, pusieron sus pies sobre mi cuerpo para inmovilizarme. Me encerraron en un pequeño cuarto sin ventanas. Les escuchaba decir malas palabras de mí. De repente vinieron al cuarto, me golpearon y me violaron. Empecé a sangrar mucho, en ese momento perdí a mi bebé. C 18311. Abril, 1992. Mazatenango, Suchitepequez. Guatemala: Memoria del Silencio.
475 Tenth Avenue
Regina José Galindo
October 2-November 21, 2009
Performance in Crisis
A project conceived by Papo Colo
October 2-December 19, 2009
Regina José Galindo — the second exhibition in Exit Art’s SOLO series and the first in the Performance in Crisis program — is a ten-year survey of performance and installation work by Guatemalan artist Regina José Galindo. The highlight of this important retrospective is the New York premiere of a new work, Crisis: Cloth, to be performed only once: on the opening night of this exhibition. Crisis: Cloth is part of a performance trilogy titled Crisis, for which Regina José Galindo will enact a series of transactions that reference and critique our current moment of economic instability. For this performance, the artist will sell each article of clothing she will be wearing for $5 a piece to any audience member willing to pay and remove it from her body. The other performances in the series, Crisis: Hair and Crisis: Blood, were performed at the Karlin Studios in Prague, Czech Republic in Summer 2009.
For the past decade, Galindo’s work has addressed social and political relations in the Americas. She draws attention to these issues by inflicting or mimicking direct, physical violence on her body — as in Himenoplastia (Hymenoplasty) or Perra, during which the artist carved the Spanish word for ‘bitch’ into her leg — placing herself and the viewer into difficult psychological situations – as in El Dolor en un Panuelo (The Pain in a Handkerchief), during which newspaper articles about victimized women were projected on her naked body – and by performing acts sympathetic to the plight of Guatemalans and to women.
Recalling the political and poetic gestures of Ana Mendieta, the endurance feats of Tehching Hsieh, and the extreme actions of Chris Burden, Regina José Galindo creates powerful visual metaphors by establishing her body as a site of conflict. Indeed her compelling — and sometimes disturbing — body of work shows Galindo chained, trapped, drowned, brutalized, and anguished. Her body becomes a specimen, a potent representation of brutality and agitation.
Regina José Galindo received the Golden Lion award for Best Young Artist at the 2005 Venice Biennale for her work titled Himenoplastia (Hymenoplasty). Other solo exhibitions include those at prometeogallery by Ida Pisani, Milan, Italy; Galerie du Jour Agnes B., Paris, France; Artpace, San Antonio, Texas; Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem, The Netherlands; and Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK. She has been included in more than 85 group exhibitions on five continents. As a poet, she has published in several international anthologies. This is her first solo exhibition in New York.
Regina José Galindo is curated by Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo.
Performance in Crisis is a series of site-specific performative responses to the many crises in the global society from a particular view of the artists' aesthetic. Often it is a presentation of an extreme action. These “performances with a purpose” are a radical and profound look at the art of performance / actions. Exit Art is doing this project to make space for the urgent matters of our culture in crisis.
The upcoming solo retrospective exhibition by Guatemalan performance artist Regina José Galindo will be the inauguration of the Performance in Crisis program. These performances will happen over three months at Exit Art, using Galindo’s performance work as a point of departure. The performances will be documented with photography and video which will become part of the exhibition both in the gallery and on the web, creating a shifting installation each week over the three months. What begins as a solo exhibition will become a collective expression of performance in crisis; the Galindo presentation will merge with the works in Performance in Crisis and continue to evolve in the space until the program ends on December 19, 2009.
These performances / actions will examine our cultural condition and respond urgently to the monumental challenges we currently face, from health care reform to immigration laws, to the horror of war and the manipulation of banks, from the poisoning of the environment to the corruption in our government. Performance in Crisis confronts these issues, exposing them and encouraging further response.
Visit our website often for a complete schedule of performances, as updates will occur frequently.
Performance in Crisis conceived and curated by Papo Colo with Associate Curator Herb Tam.
Regina José Galindo, Limpieza Social, Recibo un baño a presión con una manguera, método utilizado para calmar manifestaciones o bien, para bañar a los recién ingresados a prisión.(Il Potere delle Donne. Galleria Civica Arte Contemporanea di Trento. Trento, Italia. 2006).
Regina José Galindo, America’s Family Prison, 2008. Commissioned and produced by ArtPace. San Antonio, Texas. Photo: Todd Johnson. Courtesy of the artist and Prometeo Gallery di Ida Pisani.
Regina José Galindo, Vertigo, 2005, Performance.