Under The Same Sun Exhibition Videos

 
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Blind Spot (Punto Ciego), 2010. Digital color video, with sound, 17 min., 2 sec., A.P. 1/3, edition of 5. Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2014.22 © Regina José Galindo

Film & Video Screenings

Under The Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today Exhibition Videos

June 14–July 8, 2014
Saturdays–Tuesdays, 11 am and 3 pm

Exhibition videos screened as part of Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today.

Regina José Galindo
b. 1974, Guatemala City

Blind Spot (Punto ciego), 2010
Digital color video, with sound, 17 min., 2 sec.
A.P. 1/3, edition of 5
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2014.22

This video documents a performance by the artist during which she stood completely nude on a pedestal as if she were a sculpture. Though seemingly inviting of voyeurism, the tone of the work shifts dramatically as the gallery fills with an audience of blind people, who gradually begin to move their hands over the artist’s body with a mix of curiosity and mockery. Here, touch replaces sight as the primary way of knowing the world.

Tierra, 2013
Digital color video, with sound, 33 min., 30 sec.
Edition 2/5
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2014.23

Regina José Galindo’s video is a haunting reinterpretation of the atrocities that occurred during the regime of José Efraín Ríos Montt, the former President of Guatemala. Tierra begins with the artist standing naked in a verdant field, the tranquility of which is shattered by an earth-moving machine. The stark contrast between the machine’s huge, armored bulk and the artist’s vulnerable body captures the injustice of Montt’s regime, while the abyss that grows around her serves as a poignant symbol of the mass grave in which innocent citizens were cold-heartedly buried.

 

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