Vicino Altrove

Regina José Galindo e Iva Lulashi

On Wednesday 29 January, in the space in Via Giovanni Ventura 6 in Milan, Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani presents Vicino Altrove, the bi-personal exhibition by Regina José Galindo (1974, Guatemala City) and Iva Lulashi (1988, Tirana).

río fluyendo con miedo de dejar de ser
fiume che scorre per paura di non essere più

río que será mar
fiume che sarà mare

perder la identidad para fundirnos con la otra, lo otro
perdere l’identità per fondersi con l'altra, l'altro

dejar de ser y ser
cessare di essere ed essere

Regina José Galindo


Vicino Altrove is conceived as an anthropological place that acts as a principle of meaning for those who inhabit it and a principle of intelligibility for those who observe it. Regina José Galindo and Iva Lulashi, through performance and painting respectively, provide a series of images that are objective recordings, real transcriptions and interpretations of individual stories explicitly involved in collective history.

Faced with a clear need for the production of individual meaning, precisely where and when the references of collective identification are more than ever fluctuating, Vicino Altrove shows the investigation into the cultural, historical and social heritage that Galindo and Lulashi conduct through a selection of works that coexist as distinct and individual elements whose mutual relations cannot be denied. Galindo's blunt performances, like Lulashi's sometimes dreamlike popular scenes, are not proposed as interpretations by themselves but rather facilitate the interweaving of historical-cultural notions with moments of public and private life widely transmitted and shared in contemporary society.

Inevitably occupying the same place, Regina José Galindo and Iva Lulashi assume a shared identity that crosses Vicino Altrove in the guise of a body: the one of their own that Galindo uses as an act of denunciation, political passion and mobilization, and the one of others that Lulashi paints, always giving new and unexpected aesthetic overlaps to widely known themes, political, or religious or related to the erotic sphere. This shared body is the body in which not only the act itself unfolds but also, and above all, the tension - or even better - the first, and vital, relationship between those who fight the excesses of ego to stop being separately in favor of a participating being.