Performing Localities: Recent Guatemalan Performance Art on Video

Screenings and Talks


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A woman in a fetal position inside a clear plastic bag

No Perdemos Nada con Nacer, Regina Jose Galindo. Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani.



Since the mid-nineties, when Guatemala emerged from several decades of devastating civil war, artists have been investigating their country's traumatic past and current realities through recorded performances and actions. 

Performing localities is a two day event composed of a series of screenings and talks around contemporary Guatemalan performance art on video.

Performing Localities guest speakers Joanne Bernstein and Rosina Cazali will present a series of contemporary Guatemalan artists film and video, including work by artists Dario Escobar, Regina José Galindo, Anibal Lopez, Angel Poyòn and Sandra Monterroso, that open up some of the key themes considered by Performing Localities. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

Joanne Bernstein is a London-based curator. In 1995 she curated Tierrade Tempestades (1995-95), the first exhibition of contemporary art from Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua in Britain. She has organised and curated exhibitions for Tate, the South Bank Centre and the Barbican Art Gallery.  Until recently she was curator of the UBS Art Collection.

Rosina Cazali is a Guatemalan critic and independent curator. Founder of the La Curandería project and co-founder of the Colloquia space, she was also curator of the Guatemalan envoy for the following biennials: the 25º Bienal de Sao Paulo, IV Bienal del Caribe and the III Bienal Iberoamericana de Lima, among others. She is the former Director of the Centro Cultural de España of Guatemala.

Performing Localities is hosted by Iniva at Rivington Place in collaboration with the first year students of the Curating Contemporary Art course at the Royal College of Art.

Supported by the Monique Beudert Fund.

Places are limited, to secure a place, please book by email at bookings@rivingtonplace.org or by phone on 020 7749 1240.


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Teresa Cisneros-Ledda

Education Curator

020 7749 1254


Event details

Type: Screenings and Talk
Location: iniva
Date: 05 May 2009
6.30 ? 8.30pm
Admission: Free, please book on 0207 749 1240

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