Regina Galindo's 'Experiences' at the Hemispheric Institute

This is a video documentation of Regina José Galindo’s artist talk ‘Experiences,’ presented in the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Galindo offered a retrospective of her performance art work, from 1999 to the present, speaking about pieces of art that she links with vital experiences: ‘I have experiences with life’s episodes. I don’t know if these are sad or not. They are simply experiences, and these have shaped me. They have been the fountain of my wisdom, the fountain of what I can speak, of that I know.’ Galindo presents her body as a site of conflict and violence; the painful interventions on her own body are metaphors of different modes of class, gender, and political violence. Her experiences are a source of knowledge and memory, transformed into new images and actions - the basis of what she calls ‘art products.’Regina José Galindo was born in Guatemala City. Her work has been included in shows in diverse international venues, such as Venice-Istanbul, Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul; Into Me, Out of Me, P.S.1, New York, and Kunst-Werke Berlin; MASH, Miami; Las Fronteras del Género, Zaragoza, Spain; Estrecho Dudoso, Teorética, Costa Rica; MENS mankind, S.M.A.K., Belgium; Courants Alternatifs, PARVIS, Paris and Bordeaux, France; and Eretica, Palermo, Italy. She has been invited to participate in the Moscu Biennal 2007; I Bienal Arquitectura, Arte Paisaje Islas Canarias in 2006; III Biennale of Tirana, Albania in 2005; Venice Biennal in 2001 and 2005; II Biennal in Prague in 2005; and III Biennal in Lima, Peru in 2002. She won the Golden Lion Award for young artists for her participation in the Venice Biennal in 2005. Part of her work speaks about the history of socio-political violence in her native country of Guatemala; she also addresses economic and political contradictions and inequalities widespread in the Global South.


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  • Título: Regina Galindo's 'Experiences' at the Hemispheric Institute
  • Alternate Title: 'Experiencias' de Regina Galindo en el Instituto Hemisférico
  • Duração: 01:45:03
  • Idioma: inglês, espanhol
  • Data: 29 Sept 2009
  • Lugar: Recorded at the Hemispheric Institute in New York City.
  • Performers: Regina José Galindo, speaker ; Marcial Godoy-Anativia, translator.