Miquel García and Regina José Galindo at the DNA Gallery


Miquel García and Regina José Galindo at the DNA Gallery

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The inauguration of two temporary exhibitions will take place at ADN Galeria on June 18 at 12:00 noon: The Fire and the Wounds by Miquel García (Barcelona, 1975) and I Don't Believe by Regina José Galindo.

The exhibition The Fire and the Wounds is an individual exhibition in which García delves into the concept of memory from the review of episodes of Franco's repression and its traces today.

The Barcelona-based artist tackles small fragments of the past from which the story expands to reveal a larger episode. This exhibition takes small fragments of twentieth-century Spanish history from works that, like the mechanisms of memory, work by accumulating layers of information that are alternately covered and discovered.

An example of this is Exhumació no1, a video installation that presents the list with data of more than 5,000 people buried in mass graves in the Valencian Country during the Franco regime.

On the other hand, the memory of the bombings on the civilian population is present in different pieces of the sample. Thus, we find the work Fugiren tots els ocells, entitled in reference to the poem by Conrad Lladó, Avui han mort els Infants, written as a tribute to the 42 children who died in the attack of January 30, 1938 in Barcelona. Also noteworthy is the series of collages Lack of visibility, etc ...

Miquel García makes use of archival materials and different work disciplines, ranging from jewelery to frottage, photography or video, and proposes in this exhibition new approaches to historical episodes, which reverse the conventions of what is commemorative and they promote art as a means of critical awareness.

Miquel García's interdisciplinary work explores different lines of research: the notion of space and territory, the analysis of economic and power structures, and contemporary theories on history and collective identity. Their projects are narratives constructed from created or appropriate texts. He is interested in the search for gaps, in omissions, sometimes through what is hidden, forgotten, detecting changes in its own history, its development and its disappearance.

A graduate in Fine Arts and a Master's in Artistic Research and Production from the University of Barcelona, he completed his studies at the Cooper Union in New York. Miquel has made several artistic residencies around the world, as well as exhibiting collectively at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris and Malaga, the Vermelho Gallery in São Paulo, the Sala de Art Jove of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona ( prize of the 2013 edition), in Casino, Luxembourg, Stampa, in Basel, etc ...

Regina José Galindo. I don't believe you

The second solo exhibition presented by ADN galería is that of the artist Regina José Galindo "I don't believe in you", curated by Fernando Gómez de la Cuesta. The exhibition addresses issues that directly appeal to the feminist struggle, the empowerment of women and gender equality from a selection of pieces that cover a wide chronological period (1999-2022) and that includes the presentation of a new performance.

Of note is the video entitled El dolor en un pañuelo (1999), Esperando al príncipe azul (1999) as well as the video Himenoplastia (2004), the action Estrías (2009), the performance La manada (2018), Extensión 2008), Appearance (2021-2022), The Intention, etc ...

Miquel García and Regina José Galindo at the DNA Gallery

I do not think you are part of this same criminalizing prejudice that emanates from a patriarchal justice with a tendency to question the veracity of the witnesses and the facts declared by women, always for the benefit of their male aggressors. This performance has its origins in what Galindo calls the “double rape”, a situation that refers to this invasive forensic examination that any victim must undergo after having been sexually assaulted and which also appeals to the obligatory to tell his story in front of strangers, over and over again, reliving the trauma on each new occasion.

I don't think it will turn the exhibition hall into a clinical space with an old obstetric recognition chair. In front of the chair, several doctors will take turns examining the artist for an extended period of time, following the protocols enabled for this purpose. After the performance, that chair will remain as the votive offering of the event, as proof that everything declared does not offer any doubt.

Regina José Galindo (Guatemala, 1974) is a visual artist and poet who uses performance as her main medium. Galindo lives and works in Guatemala, using his own context as a starting point to explore and denounce the ethical implications of social violence and injustices related to racial and gender discrimination, as well as human rights abuses. from endemic inequalities in the power relations of contemporary societies. She received the Golden Lion for Best Young Artist at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 and the Prince Claus Prize of the Netherlands in 2011. She has participated in, among others, the Venice Biennale in its 49th edition. 53 and 54; Document 14 in Athens and Kassel, etc ...

Gallery opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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