Regina José Galindo's Body Talk: Performing Feminicide and Violence against Women in 279 Golpes
In the context of neoliberalism and the culture of violence in Guatemala, the performance art of Regina José Galindo uses a language of provocation that embodies political struggle. Galindo’s art does not realistically portray violence; rather, it opens venues for discussion on violence against women and possible solutions on both a regional and a global level. Performative violence shocks the spectator out of his/her normalized insensitivity to daily gender-based violence. The privileged physicality of the artist’s own body challenges the naturalization of violence against women in contemporary Guatemalan society.
Barbosa, M. E. (2014). Regina José Galindo's Body Talk: Performing Feminicide and Violence against Women in 279 Golpes. Latin American Perspectives, 41(1), pp. 59-71.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0094582X13492131
Arts, Languages, and Philosophy
Keywords and Phrases
Guatemala; Violence; Performance; Feminicide; Body talk; Spectatorship
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Article - Journal
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