Galindo received the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2005, in the category of "artist under 30", for her video Himenoplastia. On-camera, open flash, gloved hands, scissors, needles and blood. It's Regina José Galindo's own body that is put at risk in Himenoplastia, cut up, gaping, stitched up raw and without anaesthetic. This surgical procedure aimed at reconstructing the hymen so that it gets back its virginal condition, affects a large number of women more or less all over the world. A sign of masculine domination, this act establishes the lie as an authorized practice. Sometimes it calls itself plastic surgery, being done, in that case, in private clinics with the best conditions of comfort and hygiene, but, on a global scale, it is rather the product of cultural and financial poverty, the violence done to those who live in the most sordid conditions something that is for them a matter of survival and not a fashionable erotic fantasy.
Artist: Regina José Galindo
Production year: 2004
Catalogued as: PERFORMANCE, BODY/DANCE, SOCIAL/POLITICAL
Prometeogallery by Ida Pisani