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Tierra

Regina José Galindo2013

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

In 2012, José Efraín Ríos Montt, the former President of Guatemala, was prosecuted on charges of genocide, terrorism, and torture; Regina José Galindo’s video is a haunting reinterpretation of the atrocities recounted during his trial. Tierra begins with the artist standing naked in a verdant field, the tranquility of which is shattered by an earth-moving machine. Here, Galindo alludes to the incident in which innocent citizens were murdered and cold-heartedly buried in a bulldozer-dug mass grave. The stark contrast between the machine’s huge, armored bulk and the artist’s vulnerable body captures the injustice of Montt’s regime, while the abyss that grows around her serves as a poignant symbol of the despair and alienation born of political violence in general, and Montt’s post-conviction acquittal in particular.

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  • Title: Tierra
  • Creator: Regina José Galindo
  • Date Created: 2013
  • Physical Dimensions: edition 2/5
  • Rights: Copyright Regina José Galindo
  • External Link: Guggenheim UBS MAP
  • Medium: Digital color video, with sound, 33 min., 30 sec.

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