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Actions. The image of the world can be different artist Regina José Galindo. Galindo will be discussing her work with Mara Polgovsky-Ezcurra, Erica Segre, Jane Lavery and Sarah Bowskill in a conversation chaired by Curator Amy Tobin. This event is in association with the Centre of Latin American Studies.
Tickets are free but booking is recommended. Tickets to the conversation can be booked in advance online, here.
If you wish to see Galindo’s performance in the Kettle’s Yard House before the evening discussion please arrive before 5pm and consider coming earlier in the day. The performance begins at 2.30pm and will be very popular. Numbers are limited. Please book separately at the information desk for the performance.
As part of Kettle’s Yard inaugural exhibition Actions. The image of the world can be different the artist Regina José Galindo is in residence in Cambridge. Over two days in the city Galindo has organised two performances, Hide and Seek, which takes place in the house at Kettle’s Yard and Monument to the Invisibles for the Front Court of King’s College.
Galindo was born in Guatemala City, where she also grew up during the country’s civil war. Galindo’s work has responded to this context, creating new and evocative ways to remember the violence of this conflict. In Who Can Erase the Traces (2003) she walked barefoot, her feet covered in blood, to the Palacio Nacional in Guatemala City. Her bloody footprints marked a trail commemorating victims of violence in Guatemala. Galindo’s work has also intervened in other settings and histories.
For her two performances in Cambridge, Galindo engages with two very different spaces in the city. First, the House at Kettle’s Yard, an intimate, domestic space, which was conceived of as a sanctuary in a chaotic world by its founder Jim Ede. Second, the front court at King’s College, one of the most famous colleges in the city, with some of the most iconic architecture. While these spaces are both famous institutions, and open to the public, they are also restricted spaces.
Dr Jane Lavery is a lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Southampton (UK). Her research expertise focuses on contemporary Spanish American and Latina women writers and artists framed within an interdisciplinary lens ranging from Latin(o) American Cultural and Literary Studies, Visual Arts, Multimedia Studies and Digital Humanities; Feminist (intersectional) theory and Queer Studies.
Dr Sarah Bowskill is a Lecturer in Latin American Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research explores the social and political functions of literature and art with reference to Latin American cultural production. She is the author of several studies, including a monograph (2011), about Mexican literature, nation-building and the politics of canon formation. Working with Dr Jane Lavery (Southampton), Dr Bowskill has explored the multimedia interventions of Guatemalan performance artist, poet and blogger Regina José Galindo and Chilean poet, artist, performer and activist Eli Neira. Dr Bowskill and Dr Lavery are currently working with Galindo and other author-artist-performers preparing an edited volume entitled The Multimedia Works of Contemporary Spanish American Women Writers and Artists.
Erica Segre is Lecturer in Hispanic and Latin American Studies (and a translator of fiction and non-fiction). Her research and teaching interests relate to nineteenth-century Latin-American literature and thought, and twentieth-century and contemporary visual culture (art, photography, illustration and film). She has lectured and published extensively in these areas in Britain and abroad and has organized international symposia, film seasons and curated exhibitions. She teaches in the Spanish and Portuguese Department and the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge and is a senior Fellow and Director of Studies at Trinity College. She is co-convening Eco-imaginaries and the Borders of Art Practice from/in Latin America: Migration, Activism, Identity on 9th March 2018, Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge.
Dr Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra is Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge and Teaching Associate at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the visual culture and intellectual history of Latin America and has been published in Art Journal, Afterall, MoMA’s post, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Campo de relámpagos, among other publications. Her books Touched Bodies: The Performance Turn in Latin American Art (Rutgers University Press, 2018) and Marcos Kurtycz: Corporeality Unbound (Fauna, 2018), are forthcoming. She is also an independent curator and writer.
Free, booking is recommended
6.15 – 7.45pm
In association with the Centre of Latin American Studies
Image: Courtesy the artist. Photo: Alejandra Hidalgo