Regina José Galindo Looting 2010

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“In Looting, my mouth acts as a metaphor for my land,” Galindo said. For this performance, she had eight fillings, made of pure Guatemalan gold, inserted into her molars by a dentist. She then traveled to Germany, where the fillings were extracted. All that remains is the gold: imprints of her mouth that resemble tiny sculptures from an imaginary archaeological museum. Looting enacts the violence of extractive economies, like mining, as well as the violence by which many artifacts have historically entered museum collections.

Gallery label from Chosen Memories, April 30–September 9, 2023
Eight gold fillings
53 9/16 × 14 15/16 × 14 15/16" (136 × 38 × 38 cm)
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund
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© 2024 Regina José Galindo
Media and Performance

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Regina José Galindo, 2010
ROLLO Contemporary Art, London
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and Caracas, 2011
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017

Exhibition history

Berlin, Germany, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, “On Rage,” March 14-May 9, 2010

Venice, 54th Venice Biennale, "ILLUMInations", June 4 - November 27, 2011

Lyon, France, La Biennale de Lyon Resonance, “Interior and the Collectors. Collection no. 1. Group show,” 2011

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo ARTIUM, "Regina José Galindo. Piel de gallina", January 27 - May 1, 2012

Tenerife, Spain, Espacio de las Artes TEA, "Regina José Galindo. Piel de gallina", November 30 2012 - March 30, 2013

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAMM), "Regina José Galindo. Piel de gallina", July 26 - November 3, 2013

Milan, Italy, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, “Regina José Galindo: Estoy Viva (I’m Alive),” March 25 - June 8, 2014

New York, The Kitchen, "Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros: Viewing Room", January 15, 2015

Puebla, Mexico, Museo Amparo, “Portadores de sentido,” February 9 - July 22, 2019


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