Guatemalan Performance Artist Regina José Galindo Premieres New Work on November 12 at Vanderbilt Stadium

galindo-portrait-212x250Members of Nashville’s Latino community are invited to participate in the world premiere of Comunidad, a new work by Guatemalan performance artist Regina José Galindo at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, at the Vanderbilt football stadium. The free performance culminates her two-week residency at Vanderbilt and is open to the public. After the performance, all participants are invited to a lunch celebration and viewing of an exhibition of Galindo’s work at the Department of Art’s E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center.

Galindo will also give a public lecture on her work on Wednesday, November 9, at 6 p.m. in 103 Wilson Hall and attend a public reception on Thursday, November 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Space 204 gallery of the Ingram Studio Arts Center.

“Regina José Galindo is one of those rare artists whose work is both aesthetically compelling and politically engaged. Her performances have a raw power that touches the heart; they also give voice to the unspoken histories of violence and exclusion in Guatemala,” said Ted Fischer, professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Latin American Studies, which is co-sponsoring Galindo’s visit with Vanderbilt’s Department of Art. “Her visit strengthens our One Vanderbilt in Latin America initiative,” which coordinates a number of transinstitutional collaborations through Vanderbilt’s Guatemala Field Station. “We are fortunate to have this world-renowned artist come to Vanderbilt as part of our Visiting Resource Professor program.”

Galindo uses her body to demonstrate how state violence impacts the bodies of women and racial minorities across the globe. Her bold work enacts violent histories and insists on memory as a weapon against social injustice. Through embodied performance she creates visual metaphors that make visible and resist unequal power relations.

“The idea of Comunidad is for members of the Latino community of Nashville to come together to create an experience of solidarity,” said Candice Amich, assistant professor of English, who studies Galindo’s work. “Galindo will assemble participants in such a manner as to demonstrate what mutual support within immigrant communities looks like. She will put the safety of her body into the hands of her community, demonstrating a visceral trust that crosses borders.”

During her residency at Vanderbilt, Galindo will participate in Amich’s seminar on performance art, and she will work with studio arts students in a course taught by Mel Ziegler, chair of the Department of Art, as they develop their senior projects.

RSVPs on Facebook are strongly recommended. Free parking is available at Vanderbilt’s 25th Avenue Garage, using the Highland Avenue entrance. In the event of rain, Comunidad will be rescheduled for Sunday, November 13, at 10 a.m.

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