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Meet the Guatemalan woman who uses art to denounce inequality

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Regina José Galindo's work is known worldwide, leaving the name of Guatemala and Latin America on high

Meet the Guatemalan woman who uses art to denounce inequality

Regina José Galindo was born, lives and works in Guatemala. She is a visual artist and poet whose main means is performance. In her art, she has taken her own context as a starting point to explore and denounce the ethical implications of social violence and injustices related to racial and gender discrimination, as well as the human rights abuses that arise from unequal environments that are permanently in power relations in today's society.

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As she indicates in her web portal, in the words of Loris Romano, Galindo is an artist who pushes herself beyond her own limits, through radical, disturbing and ethically uncomfortable actions.

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In 2005, the Guatemalan received the Golden Lion, an award given in the framework of the 51st Venice Biennale for Best Young Artist for its two pieces: "Hymenoplasty" and "Who can erase the fingerprints?". These two are crucial in his work, criticizing the violence that occurs in her country of origin Guatemala, for misconceptions of morality and gender violence, and at the same time seeks to rebuild memory and the humanity of each of the victims.

Years later, in 2011 she was awarded the Prince Claus Prize of the Netherlands for her ability to transform injustice and outrage at public events that demand a response.

There are several participations that the artist has had in events related to her career both in Latin America and worldwide. For example, in versions 49, 53 and 54 of the Venice Biennial and in the 9th International Biennial of Cuenca.

There are eleven poetic publications that she has so far, with which she has participated in her country and internationally: "Woman, nudity and words", Anthology Women Poets published in Guatemala in 2002, "Trentacuentos" published in Palma de Mallorca, Spain in 2008 and the last one called "Telarañas" published in Guatemala in 2016.

The work of this artist is in collections of renowned museums worldwide such as the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) in New York, TATE in London, and the Rivoli Museum in Torino, Italy. Her proposal is a tendency to innovate taking the performance out of the museum to take it to other spaces, one of them, the most influential collector's houses, action that also includes video art and is in trend in what contemporary plastic art is concerned.

 

LatinAmerican Post | Ana María Aray Mariño

Translated from "Conoce a la guatemalteca que utiliza el arte para denunciar la desigualdad"

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