Magazine article Artforum International

Regina Jose Galindo: Prometeogallery

Magazine article Artforum International

Regina Jose Galindo: Prometeogallery

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"Tres Acciones" was the second exhibition in Milan by Guatemalan artist Regina Jose Galindo, who won the Golden Lion award for artists under thirty-five at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Here she showed a three-channel video along with a related sculptural installation and thirty-one photographs. The video triptych XX, 2007, shows the burial, in unmarked graves, of unclaimed bodies of men, women, and children: corpses placed in large black plastic bags (children in little transparent sacks), indifferent gravediggers shoveling the earth. A mason places a small white marble gravestone to mark each spot, carved with the words GUATEMALA 1007 and a double x, indicating that the name of the deceased is unknown. The same sort of small gravestones were arrayed on the gallery floor, while the photographs were stills from the video.

An artist's statement called our attention to the violence that pervades daily life in Guatemala, to how many people are killed amid total indifference--ten to fifteen murders are committed each day in Guatemala City alone, and two to four unidentified people are buried daily. In death, these people are without names; all that remains is the knowledge that the corpse was once a person, that it was someone, that he or she walked the earth and was received by it. The artist herself arranged to have these anonymous graves marked with marble stones, to make up for the loss of collective memory and empathy she feels in her home country. …

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