BODY AND EARTH CONNECTED IN REGINA JOSÉ GALINDO’S SOLO EXHIBITION
PAV (Parco Arte Vivente) is presenting Tierra (Earth), the solo exhibition of guatemaltecan artista Regina José Galino. She has been investigating for over 20 years the subject of social justice through the lens of performative practives.
Tierra covers the artist’s twenty-year-long career focusing on the ways in which every one of her contacts with natural elements should be read in an intersectional and militant key. Amongst all the natural elements, the earth has a particular status of its own: Galindo’s approach avoids any essentialist description of the relationship between the earth and the female body. The results of her approach, that has evolved over the years, are displayed from an initial focus on Guatemalan socio-political problems, to a (site-specific) attention to the contexts and communities with which the artist has found herself interacting.
The focal point of Regina José Galino’s expression is how and in which ways body and environment are connected. The artist uses the body as the preferred instrument of an intense artistic practice which began towards the end of the 1990s. Far from the formal type of research performed by the traditional art schools, Galindo immediately used art as a means of communication and political action. Born and brought up during the long Guatemalan military dictatorship, she was a witness from a very early age of the civil war characterized by repressive practices through to the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous populations.
Regina José Galindo (1974) lives and works in Guatemala City. Winner of the Leone d’Oro at the Venice Biennale in the young artists category in 2005; she received the Prince Claus Award in Holland, the special award at the 29th Ljubljana Biennale and the Robert Rauschenberg Award. Her works are on display in numerous public collections, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; MEIAC- the Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz; the Fondazione Galleria Civica, Trento; the MMKA, Budapest; the Castello di Rivoli, Turin; the Daros Foundation, Zurich; the Blanton Museum, Austin; the UBS Art Collection, Basel; the Miami Art Museum; the Cisneros Fountanal Art Foundation, Miami; and the Madco-Museum of Contemporary Art, Costa Rica.