Regina José Galindo’s artistic practice is characterized by the use of her own body, bringing together people and formating groups, and critical engagement with political, post-migrant and feminist issues. In 2015, Galindo created moments of peaceful coexistence with migrants in Palermo as part of her performance Raíces (2015), which is presented with a photograph at an off-space within the exhibition State and Nature.
As part of the performance program, José Galindo creates a space for exchange and self-determined representation with actors who now live in Baden-Baden in the course of migration movements since 2014. The participants sing songs to which they have a special relationship, accompanying them through everyday life, and have perhaps been part of an identity-forming, familiar practice since childhood and thus help facilitate encounters on both an artistic and personal level.
Since February 2016, asylum-seeking people have been housed in the Waldseeplatz refugee shelter, located in the west of Baden-Baden, in a wooded, secluded area. The performance at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden as a central, easily accessible location thus raises questions regarding the significance of locality and site and addresses institutionally-supported decisions regarding the treatment of refugees.