FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
Regina Jose Galindo
A traveling exhibition curated by Lia Newman since September 10, 2015 at Davidson College.
Dates: September 9-October 28, 2017
Closing Dialogue with Alma Ruiz and artist: Friday, October 27, 6:30-9 PM
Performance: Saturday, October 28, 6-8 PM
Baik Art presents Bearing Witness, as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA's Participating
Gallery Program. It is a solo exhibition by Regina Jose Galindo, contemporary Guatemalan
performance artist born in 1974, 14 years into the bloody, 36-year armed conflict in Guatemala.
By pushing her body to the limit and creating works that depict her own reality as both a
Guatemalan and a woman, Galindo challenges the inequities and atrocities that have become
commonplace. When she afflicts harm on herself Galindo recalls her predecessors, artists such
as Gina Pane, Chris Burden, and Marina Abramović. Her international acclaim has expanded in
more recent years as her oeuvre has grown to include works that bear witness to a number of
Often placing her body in direct confrontation with an audience, Galindo identifies and
illuminates political, economic, and social concerns in her performances; memorializes those
involved; and ultimately, evokes a response. Although careful to align herself as an artist rather
than an activist, Galindo’s actions invite viewers – through observation and, at times,
participation – to consider, to remember, and to take responsibility.
As Galindo has become more internationally regarded for her art, she has remained committed
to addressing social justice issues. Constantly performing and exhibiting around the world has
influenced her work, with performance locations often informing content. Many of Galindo’s
more recent works rely on direct engagement with viewers as a strategy for encouraging
accountability and responsibility, a tactic employed by many of her predecessors.
Galindo’s performances illuminate a number of human rights issues, including corruption,
racism, and gender-based crimes, to incite collective memory and action. While she is working
through the system of art, not activism, her works do evoke response – at times corporal,
Whether performing and exhibiting in a gallery, museum, or town square, in her homeland or
around the world, Galindo’s success stems in part from her ability to perform her own reality,
while at the same time contextualizing her identity within a global framework. Galindo makes
palpable the corruption, discrimination, and violence that others have ignored both within and
outside her nation’s geopolitical boundaries.
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