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Join Actions. The image of the world can be different artist Regina José Galindo as she performs a new live work at the Kettle’s Yard House.
Galindo’s socially and politically motivated practice has often made reference to the legacy of the Guatemalan Civil War and reflects on the experience of migration. This is the first of two new performances for Actions by Galindo. It will take place within a small attic room in the Kettle’s Yard House that is not usually accessible by the public.
This performance is free and open to all. Please come to the information desk on arrival to Kettle’s Yard. Entrance to the House is through free, timed tickets. If you wish to see the House as well as the performance you will need to get an entry ticket on the day. If you only wish to see Galindo’s performance, small groups will be directed to the performance between 2 and 5.30pm.
For her performance Hide and Seek, Galindo’s body is hidden from the viewer. For the duration of the three-hour performance she occupies a little-visited, space in Kettle’s Yard. Hide and Seek, with its fairy-tale allusions and childhood-game title, suggest the close proximity of innocence and threat. Perhaps this is an oblique reference to Anne Frank and her family hiding in the marginal spaces of Prinsengracht 263-267? Or perhaps it speaks to a more contemporary experience of concealing oneself during migration, or more simply of only ever occupying the peripheries of architectures, particularly how this relates to race, gender and class identity. Alongside these more sinister readings, Hide and Seek also responds to Jim Ede’s comment that ‘Kettle’s Yard is only alive, when it is used’. Here Galindo’s body becomes part of the architecture, makes the building come alive differently, but also invites us to join her in stillness and contemplation.
Free, come along
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Image: Regina José Galindo, ‘Tierra’, 2013, HD Video, Courtesy the Artist and Prometeo Gallery, Milan