Regina José Galindo stands naked in a field while a JCB excavates a trench around her. A simple statement that explores unequal power relations at play, while a stark contrast is made between the digger and the artist’s strong but small, vulnerable body. Through this action, Galindo also confronts atrocities recounted during the 2012 trial of José Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemala’s former president, who was in power during Guatemala’s civil war.
Regina José Galindo is a performance artist who lives and works in Guatemala. She has shown internationally, winning the Golden Lion Award at the 51st Venice Biennale and recently contributing to Tate Modern’s Chronicle of Interventions exhibition (2014).