An exhibition by Regina José Galindo
November 2013 - April 2014
This is a text for the first restrospective of the artist Regina José Galindo, within a Museum of Contemporary Art in Guatemala. The exhibition presents thirty of the most important works of the artist's career, realized in Guatemala and other places, which will be acompanied by a catalogue (unpublished) with complementary information of each presented work. In addition, the exhibition presents an antology (unpublished) with 30 of her written poems.
Regina José Galindo retrospective is the first exhibition of NuMu's 2013-2014 season. Prior to the opening, and as part of the exhibition, the artist realized “Guatemala”, a performance in which she remained within NuMu, together with 33 Guatemalans of various ages, ethnicities and social stratum for an hour—from three to four in the afternoon—on Saturday, November 16th. As a record of this performance, it was decided to preserve the participants' traces and human impact of this action throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Regina José Galindo (b. 1974) was born in Guatemala City where she currently works. She is a visual artist who specializes in performance art. Her work explores the ethical and universal implications of social injustice, related to racial discrimination, gender and other abuses involved in unequal relationships of power that function within our current societies.
She has taken part in international events such as the Venice Biennial (49th, 51st, 53rd and 54th); the XI Cuenca International Biennial; the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts of Ljubljana; the Sharjah Biennial; the Pontevedra Biennial (2010); the 17th Sydney Biennial; the Second Moscow Biennial; First Triennial of Auckland; Venice-Istanbul; First Canary Islands Art and Architecture Biennial; the IV Valencia Biennial; the Third Albania Biennial; the Second Prague Biennial, and the Third Lima Biennial.
She has had individual exhibitions in spaces including Universidad de Jaume I, Spain; CAAM Gran Canaria, Spain; TEA Tenerife, Spain; Artium, Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain. Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; González y González Santiado, Chile; Fundación Joaquim Nabuco, Recife Brasil; ExCéntrico, Guatemala City; Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo - MUAC, Mexico City; Art Pace, San Antonio, Texas; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucarest; Exit Art, New York; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England; Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem - MMKA, Arnhem; Fondazione Volume! Rome, Italy.
Galindo receives the Golden Lion award at the 51 Venice Biennial in 2005 in the category of young artist, for her work ¿Quién puede borrar las huellas? and Himenoplastia. In 2011 she receives the Prince Claus award from the Netherlands. In 2011 she is also awarded the grand prize in the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana. In 2010 the First prize in Juannio Guatemala and in 2007 the First prize in the V edition of Inquieta Imagen, MADC, Costa Rica. She has been awarded artistic residencies and project grants in Trebecise Casttle, Cz.; in Paris at LePlateau; in San Antonio, Texas at ArtPace and a project grant in process from CIFO Miami.
Galindo is also a poet. In 1998 she receives Premio Unico de Poesía from Fundación Mirna Mack. Her texts have been published in various anthologies and magazines and in 1996 Fundación Coloquia published her book Personal e Intransmisible in Guatemala.
Two monoghraphis of her work have been published in Italy. The first in 2006 by VanillaEdizioni and the second in 2011 by Silvana Editoriale.
Her work is featured in collections such as Pompidou, Essex, Princeton University, Meiac (Spain), Fondazione Teseco (Pisa, Italy), Fondazione Galleria Civica (Trento, Italy), MMKA (Budapest, Hungary), Consejería de Murcia (Spain); Mallorca Foundation (Spain), Museo de Rivoli (Turin, Italy), Daros Foundation (Switzerland); Blanton Museum (USA); Colección La Gaia; UBS Art Collection; Miami Art Museum, Cisneros Fontanal and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Costa Rica, MADC.