Regina Jose Galindo | Notes on Looking

Duality y el tiempo: Regina José Galindo at MOLAA; Daniel Lara, Camilo Cruz, Ahree Lee, Dino Dinco, Donnie Molls, Linda Vallejo and others in “Random Acts of Time”; Ethan Turpin’s stereographs; Monster Drawing Rally this Sunday/este Domingo!

Guatemalan performance artist Regina José Galindo is standing on a high, wooden stage inside the Project Room at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA).  A man begins to cut around her with a saw as she stares straight ahead without any expression.  Although he quickly gets tired, he continues to saw.  The museum is noisy, full of squeaky wood being separated.  Galindo continues to stare ahead, never looking down at the ground, at him or her audience.  But we all begin to predict the next moments as the piece of wood loosens and her body begins to wobble and incline.  She takes a deep breath.  The wood breaks open.  Galindo falls into the abyss of her stage with a surprised look on her face.  We hear her inside what now seems like a little house.  Somebody from the audience runs up the steps of the platform to check if she’s ok.   To the woman’s surprise, Galindo has closed the rectangular hole back up with its fallen piece.  She remains underneath, quiet. Galindo uses her body in the way performance artists did in the 60s and 70s by testing her physical and psychological limits.  Her performances can be considered a response to the deep socio-political issues concerning women, inequality, crime, etc. commonly found in Latin America.  The exhibition Vulnerable, on view until Sept. 30th, includes documentation of other performances, objects and sketches by Galindo. In an interview with Idurre Alonso, MOLAA Curator, Galindo explained that this performance, titled Third World, is about “the anxiety caused by our own fears; fears caused by the world falling apart and you being...