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Regina José Galindo | 2016 Artist in Residence (CLAS)

Regina José Galindo | Artist In Residence
Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University
in collaboration with the Department of Art
November 2016



Artist portrait. Photo credit: Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt

About the Artist:

Regina José Galindo, an internationally recognized performance artist from Guatemala, will be in residence at Vanderbilt University the first two weeks of November. Galindo uses her own body as artistic material to show how state violence impacts the bodies of women and racial minorities across the globe. Her bold work enacts violent histories and insists on memory as a weapon against social injustice. Through embodied performance she creates visual metaphors that make visible and resist unequal power relations.






Comunidad – Public Performance

Her world premiere public performance piece, entitled Comunidad, took place at 10:00am on Saturday, November 12 at the Vanderbilt Football Stadium.  Galindo called on the Latino community of Nashville to join her in the creation of this new piece intended to showcase the resilience of the Latino community. “More than an image,” Galindo sets out to “generate a real experience of the strength of community.”

A video of her call may be found at

Announcement article:


Studio VU Lecture and Space 204 Exhibition

Galindo’s visit was a joint collaboration with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University and included a lecture with the Studio VU: Lecture Series and an exhibition of 4 video works in Gallery 2 of Space 204, the contemporary gallery located in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, home to the Department of Art.

“Best Video Installation – Best of Nashville 2017,” Joe Nolan, Nashville Scene, October 2017.

Exhibition Review:
“A State of Pain: Regina José Galindo at Vanderbilt in Nashville”, Joe Nolan, Burnaway: The Voice of the South. December 1, 2016.