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Performing Localities: Recent Guatemalan Performance Art on Video Rosina Cazali, Oriana Baddeley, Julian Stallabrass

06 May 2009

Since the mid-nineties, when Guatemala emerged from several decades of devastating civil war, artists have been investigating their country’s traumatic past and current realities through recorded performances and actions.

Performing Localities is a two day event composed of a series of screenings and talks around contemporary Guatemala performance art on video.

Performing Localities guest speakers Curator Rosina Cazali , Professor Oriana Baddeley and Dr Julian Stallabrass will present a series of contemporary Guatemalan artists film and video, including work by artists Regina José Galindo, Anibal Lopez and Sandra Monterroso, that open up some of the key themes considered by Performing Localities. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

Dr Julian Stallabrass – reader at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London lectures in modern and contemporary art, including political aspects of the globalised contemporary art world, postwar British art, the history of photography and new media art. In 2001 he curated an exhibition at Tate Britain entitled Art and Money Online. He curated the 2008 Brighton Photo Biennial. He is an editorial board member of Art History, New Left Review and Third Text and on the advisory board of Visual Culture in Britain.

Professor Oriana Baddeley – Professor of Art History and Director of Research at Camberwell College of Arts, and also Deputy Director of UAL Research Centre TrAIN – Transnational Arts, Identity & Nation. In 1996 she collaborated with Gerardo Mosquera and Iniva to produce Beyond the Fantastic: Art Criticism from Contemporary Latin America’, InIVA/MIT 1996.  In 2005, Tate Modern commissioned an investigation of contemporary responses to Frida Kahlo for the retrospective exhibition in London.

Performing Localities is hosted by Iniva at Rivington Place in collaboration with the first year students of the Curating Contemporary Art course at the Royal College of Art. Supported by the Monique Beudert Fund.

Places are limited, to secure a place, please book by email at bookings@rivingtonplace.org or by phone on 020 7749 1240.