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ADN Galeria: DEMOCRACIA – Ser y Durar
- 10 Feb 2011 to 19 Mar 2011

Current Exhibition

10 Feb 2011 to 19 Mar 2011

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DEMOCRACIA – Ser y Durar
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Artists in this exhibition: DEMOCRACIA, REGINA JOSÉ GALINDO

DEMOCRACIA – Ser y Durar
From February 10th Until March 19th , 2011
Opening: February 10th, 2011 from 7.30 p.m. till 9.00 p.m.

On February 10th ADN Galería presents a double show with the projects Ser y Durar by Democracia and XX by Regina José Galindo (in collaboration with Prometeogallery di Isa Pisani).

Democracia is a duo formed in 2006 by Pablo España and Iván López, founders and members of El Perro collective (1989-2006). This artist group’s statement defines their work in a very clear way: “the decision to work as a group springs from the intention of engaging in an artistic practice centred on discussion and the clash of ideas and forms of action. The fact of working in a group in itself establishes an interest in intervening in the social sphere, by means of ideas of commitment to the real. The projects reflect a concern with the increasing staging
of current life”.

In this occasion, the project Ser y Durar is made of eleven photographs representing different graves in Madrid’s La Almudena Civil Cemetery. These pictures perpetuate graves of deceased, so that their anonymities can revive “the memory of fighters from armies, and social and political organizations who aspired to a utopia driven by humanist values, while Modernity’s great tales of emancipation still made sense.” (Piedad Solans, Contra el Público). The only thing left are their epitaphs: “Don’t shed tears over my death / Continue the fight / Onward forever / Over the graves”, “There is nothing after death”. Words left by people who devoted their existences to some ideals, motivated by the hope for a different and better society. These ideals are still a dream, a dream that gave meaning and utility to their lives and even to their deaths.

Democracia also works in publishing (they are directors of Nolens Volens magazine) and curatorial projects (No Futuro, Madrid Abierto 2008, Creador de Dueños). They have exposed in several institutions such as the Fundación Pilar y Joan Miró, Palma de Mallorca; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

Regina José Galindo began her performing activity in mid-90’s willing to criticize contemporary society’s cynicism and hypocrisy. Her work is mostly about the Guatemala political repression, the abuse of women or the officially sanctioned torture. Her first noticeable performace was ¿Quién puede borrar las huellas? (“Who could delete the traces?”), during which the artist walked from the Constituitional Court to the Guatemala National Palace of Culture, leaving a trail of human-blood footprints, in memory of the armed conflict of Guatemala, and in rejection of the candidacy for the presidency of Efraín Ríos Montt: former military man who led coups of State and was found guilty of acts of genocide. The artist uses her body to emphasize the role of the weak, becoming herself the victim of degradation, torture and violence. Choosing borderline situations in between life and death, generated by injustice and injuries (both physical and moral), Galindo puts fear and its consequences under scrutiny having as result a dramatic, radical and profoundly uncomfortable work.

The core of the project XX is the idea and the perception of death in human existence and philosophy. Everyone is afraid of death and even more of the idea of dying completely alone, without anyone weeping for us. In countries where the extreme violence is part of everyday life, death is perceived in a different way. Everyday in Guatemala two to four corpses are buried as XX, unknown. The act of setting gravestones was made aiming to give a place to these human beings in their death. 52 gravestones were placed in the cemetery of La Verbena in Guatemala, partially modifying the space. Under each gravestone there is a body that once was alive. No one knows his name or his face, but nobody could deny his existence. The earth won’t swallow his rests. Somebody was, somebody existed.

Regina José Galindo lives and works in Guatemala, where she was born in 1974. In 2005 she received the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale, in the category of “artist under 30”, for the video Himenoplastia, showing the surgical reconstruction of her hymen, condemning thus the condition of those countries where virginty is a fundamental requirement for getting married. The artist has worked in numerous museums and international foundations worldwide.

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