"¿Quién puede borrar las huellas?" Who Can Remove the Traces by Regina José Galindo. A woman in a black dress walks barefoot through the streets of Guatemala carrying a gray basin filled with human blood. She wets her feet with it so she can leave a trail of bloody footprints behind her. Her destination is the Constitutional Court building to the National Palace. This piece is a powerful statement about the role of art in showing human-rights abuses and government atrocities. The footprints represent the hundreds of thousands of civilians murdered by the Army during the long years of war. This is a vigorous protest against the presidential candidacy of Guatemala's former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt. During the first five days of the Venice Biennale, Guatemalan artist and poet Galindo crawled inside the cube and whipped herself 256 times - once for each woman systematically murdered in Guatemala from January 2005 until the day of the performance.
Quien Puede Borrar Las Huellas
Artist: Regina José Galindo
Production year: 2003
Catalogued as: PERFORMANCE, BODY/DANCE, SOCIAL/POLITICAL
Prometeogallery by Ida Pisani