REGINA JOSÉ GALINDO is a performance artist and writer whose work addresses the atrocities committed by Guatemalan dictatorships, social injustice, and discrimination on the basis of race and gender. Galindo isolates and embodies the vast suffering in Latin America by inflicting direct physical violence on her own body in highly symbolic gestures of resistance. She has exhibited and performed at numerous locations including: Exit Art (New York); Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (The Netherlands); El Museo del Barrio (New York); MoMA PS1 (New York); and the 51st Venice Biennial, for which she was awarded the Golden Lion, the only Central American artist who has ever received the award. Galindo is considered to be one of the most subversive voices in contemporary art today.
Moderated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora
MAGDA GONZALEZ-MORA is an independent curator and art critic with an MA in Art History from Havana University. Gonzalez-Mora is founder of the Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Centre and the Havana Biennale. She is member of the curatorial team of Havana Biennale and manager of the Exhibition Department of the Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Centre. Magda Gonzalez-Mora was co-curator of the 1st Johannesburg Biennale in South Africa in 1995 and the Dakar Biennale in Senegal in 1992. Among her many curatorial projects it is worthy to mention: Vision: Desafios traveling video program for the Video Art Fair – Festival Loop (Barcelona), Sherritt Collection of Contemporary Cuban Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Strategies of Resistance, Espai, 2NOU2 (Barcelona), Exiles in Action, Pulse at Basel Miami, Parabolas from Jose Toirac – solo exhibition at MOCCA-Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto), and Scanning, Cutting Edge Section in ARCO Fair (Madrid). A selection of publications include: Pabellón Cuba- a Reader on the Change in the Utopian in Art, Architecture and Film in Cuba; Cuba Avant-gard, the Farber Collection; and Cuba on the Verge: an Island in Transition.