Regina José Galindo
|Regina José Galindo|
Guatemala City, Guatemala
She first gave two performances in Guatemala in 1999, and gained international fame. One of her well-known acts include ¿Quién Puede Borrar las Huellas? (Translated: "Who Can Erase the Traces"), made in 2003, in which she walked from the Congress of Guatemala building to the National Palace, dipping her bare feet at intervals in a white basin full of human blood as a vigorous protest against the presidential candidacy of Guatemala’s former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt.
Galindo received the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2005, in the category of “artists under 30”, for her video Himenoplastia. This work, nevertheless, got a particularly hostile reception during its first showing in Guatemala, in 2004. The controversial work depicted surgical reconstruction of the artist’s hymen.
A book on Galindo’s performance work has been published in Italy (Vanilla Edizioni, 2006). Galindo is also a writer of poetry and narrative; in 1998 she received the Myrna Mack Foundation's Premio Unico de Poesía in Guatemala for Personal e intransmisible (Scripta Coloquia, 2000).
In 2011 the jury of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana (Dave Beech, Christian Höller, Urška Jurman, and Ulay /Frank Uwe Laysiepen/) awarded her with the Grand Prize for the works: Confesión (Confession), 2007 which was produced in Spain and inspired by the extraordinary rendition flights uncovered by a team of local reportes in Palma de Mallorca, and the Prince Claus Awards.
List of works
|2011||“ALARMA”||Banco de España Metro Station, Madrid, Spain||A Site–specific video installation by Regina José Galindo, commissioned by La Caja Blanca for the tunnels adjacent to the vaults which protect Spain’s national gold reserves.|
|2007||“Confesión”||Palma de Mallorca, Spain||Inspired by waterboarding. Based on recently declassified CIA documents.
|2006||“Corona”||Plaza Central, Guatemala City||installation, conmemorating over 6040 killings during the Año de la Paz|
|2005||“Perra”||Prometeo Galery, Milan, Italy||self-flagellation with a knife, carving the word "perra" into her skin, protesting the killing of women|
|2004||“El Peso de la Sangre”||Plaza Central, Guatemala City||sitting under structure in plaza as a liter of blood emptied, drop by drop, over Galindo's head and clothes|
|2003||“¿Quién puede borrar las huellas?”||Guatemala City||Galindo walked through the streets carrying a bowl of human blood, repeatedly stepping in the bowl to create bloody footprints|
|2001||“Angelina”||Guatemala||during this work, Galindo spent one month dressed as a maid|
|1999||“El cielo llora tanto que debería ser mujer”||Guatemala City and Madrid, Spain|
|“Lo voy a gritar al viento”||Guatemala City|
- Regina José Galindo Francisco Goldman
- Regina José Galindo Parvis.net
- Women in the spotlight as Venice Biennale opens CBC
- Regina José Galindo Mariana David
- Micchelli, Thomas (November 2009). "Regina José Galindo". The Brooklyn Rail.
- "Prince Claus Awards". Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- More information on the project "Alarma"
- More information on the project "CONFESIÓN"
- Link to video showing "CONFESIÓN" as it was installed at the Venice Biennial of 2009
- Essay by Professor Julian Stallabrass, preface to "Confesión"
- Official website (Spanish)
- Profile at Literatura Guatemalteca (Spanish)
- Article at Parvis.net
- BOMB Magazine article
- Projects by Regina José Galindo in Spain
- The Artist.org Entry of Galindo
- Artist listing at Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, the Italian gallery representing Regina José Galindo