“I ducked into Liliana Bloch’s gallery one day to see the main show on view and ended up, in the end, sitting through a lone video she was projecting on the wall in her entry hall. Regina José Galindo is a young Guatemalan artist of note who lives and makes work in her native Guatemala City, and this 2011 video, titled Marabunta, was shot on the street there. It’s deceptively simple and quietly powerful. In it, the artist gets into her little beater car, parked at the curb on a semi-busy city street, and is then surrounded by a dozen male car mechanics dressed in street clothes who proceed to disassemble her entire car, methodically and piece by piece, while she sits in the driver’s seat. The parts pile up and they keep at it, relentlessly and indifferently. Eventually one of the men lifts the artist out and places her on the sidewalk (at the point the guys are removing the car’s seats), and eventually they walk away with the car’a remaining skeletal undercarriage, leaving her alone. There’s no dialogue, and no need for it. It means so many things at once I just sat there with my jaw on the floor.”
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