Social Cleansing, 2006
Regina José Galindo ’s bleak performances consistently depict self-initiated violence against her body. Through her work Galindo directly responds to the struggle of life in Guatemala under repeatedly corrupt regimes. She boldly holds up political crimes, social hierarchies, segregation and the oppression of women for examination.
Galindo assumes total responsibility in her work and quietly executes disturbing acts. She is a resolute protagonist, fulfilling her task with measured determination.
In Limpieza Social (Social Cleansing), Galindo ’s naked body is brittle under a high-pressure jet of water targeted on her body by a fully clothed, burly white male. Her body starts to twitch into more violent convulsions, until the artist is crouching in a foetal position against the spray.
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