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Guillermo Galindo | 2018 Artist in Residence (CLAS, CMAP)


The complex history of Nashville’s Public Square Park—including stories of Native and African Americans—inspired this performance by Guillermo Galindo, visiting artist-in-residence at Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Art on October 25, 2018. Galindo’s interest in the history of the Americas drew him to the Public Square and its many roles in the founding of Nashville—as the former site of a slave market, its proximity to the toll bridge along the Trail of Tears, and as a site of political activism during the city’s civil rights history.

Galindo’s performance at the Public Square, commissioned by Vanderbilt, culminated a three-week collaboration with students and faculty. The event was co-sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Art, and the Program in Comparative Media Analysis and Practice (CMAP).

– Lutz Koepnick, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts and Chair, Department of German, Russian and East European Studies

In conjunction with his residency, Guillermo also presented a public lecture on his work as one of the guest speaks in the STUDIO VU LECTURE SERIES on October 10, 2019 and was the keynote speaker for the symposium, Border Elegies: Refugees, Migrants, and Cotemporary Art  haven taken place on October 25-26, 2019.

The video was shot, edited, and directed by Jacob Abell.
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