• Regina José Galindo Tierra (2013). Image courtesy of the Artist. 

    Regina José Galindo Tierra (2013). Image courtesy of the Artist. 

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Talk on Regina José Galindo's 'Tierra' at Art Exchange

Posted: 22 October 2014 by Dr Sarah Demelo in Talks & Tours  

Tagged: Regina José Galindo   talk

On Thursday 23 October, Art Exchange curator Jess Kenny will discuss Regina José Galindo's work 'Tierra' which is on display in the gallery until 25 October. This is a great opportunity to see Galindo's powerful film from 2013, where she stands naked in a field while a excavator carves out the earth around her. On the Guggenheim's catalogue entry for the work, they note that this 'alludes to the incident in which innocent citizens were murdered and cold-heartedly buried in a bulldozer-dug mass grave. The stark contrast between the machine’s huge, armored bulk and the artist’s vulnerable body captures the injustice of Montt’s regime, while the abyss that grows around her serves as a poignant symbol of the despair and alienation born of political violence in general, and Montt’s post-conviction acquittal in particular.' (You can find the catalogue entry here.) Galindo refers to José Efraín Ríos Montt, the former President of Guatemala, who was convicted of genocide agains the Guatemalan but the conviction was annulled in 2013. His trial is due to resume in 2015. You can read more on the Amnesty International website here.

Galindo had a residency here at the University of Essex in 2009 which resulted in the work 'Lesson of Dissection' which took Rembrandt's 'The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Tulp' from 1632. The work is now in our Collection and is on show in our current exhibition Connecting through Collecting: 20 Years of Art from Latin America at the University of Essex at the Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend until 6 December 2014.

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