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"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Guatemala in 1974, she lives and works in Antigua.

Performance artist Regina José Galindo creates performances with social, historical and political themes, such as violence against women or the crimes committed during the Guatemalan civil war (1960 – 1996). One of her most famous performance is Who Can Erase the Traces (2003), in which she walked to the National Palace of Guatemala, dipping her bare feet in human blood, as a protest against the presidential candidacy of former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt. José Galindo often puts her body at the center of her performances; she has, for example, shaved her entire body, got Tasered, let her head be plunged repeatedly in a water basin in a denunciation of water boarding, got blasted by high-pressure water hose, or dressed as a maid for one month to denounce the treatment of these workers. She received a Golden Lion award at the 2005 Venice Biennial for a series of performances which included Himenoplastia, a performance in which José Galindo filmed the surgical reconstruction of her hymen.

 

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