On Friday, November 4, 2022, in the setting of Artissima, PAV is pleased to inaugurate Tierra, a solo exhibition of artist Regina José Galindo, a Guatemalan artist who for more than 20 years has been investigating the theme of social justice through performative practices whose expressive center of gravity lies in the relationship between the body and the environment.
The exhibition, curated by Marco Scotini, follows those dedicated to the Indian artist Navjot Altaf and the Indonesian artist Arahmaiani in investigating the specific relationships between environmental exploitation and oppressed subjects, women and minorities, decentralizing the gaze beyond the geographical and cultural boundaries of the so-called West.
The exhibition traces the 20-year career of Galindo (winner of the Golden Lion at the 51st Venice Biennale as best young artist) by focusing on the ways in which each of her contacts with natural elements should be read intersectionally and militantly. And among all natural elements, the earth that gives the exhibition its title has its own particular status: Galindo's approach eschews any essentialist declination of the relationship between earth and the female body, anticipating and nonetheless influencing the most recent trends in ecofeminist artistic research. The itinerary exhibits the results of an approach that has evolved over the years, from the initial focus on Guatemalan socio-political issues, to the (site-specific) attention to the contexts and communities with which the artist interacts.
On the occasion of the opening at 7:30 p.m., the artist will present the previously unseen performance COAL TO LIGHT THE FIRE based on fossil matter, in connection with the exhibition itinerary and the current humanitarian and energy crisis.