Title

Regina José Galindo's Body Talk: Performing Feminicide and Violence against Women in 279 Golpes

Abstract

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.

Department(s)

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

Keywords and Phrases

Guatemala; Violence; Performance; Feminicide; Body talk; Spectatorship

Geographic Coverage

Guatemala

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0094-582X; 1552-678X

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2014 SAGE Publications, All rights reserved.

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