Marcelo Galindo, was born in Buenos Aires in 1973. He studied music, obtaining a degree as saxophone performer. He then undertook writing, performance and video making. Galindo has a true cult artist status within the Buenos Aires art scene, built through his irreverent videos, performances and literary projects. Galindo’s works have been shown at MALBA, Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, in the context of The Metabolic Era, curated by Chuz Martínez. They have also been shown in numerous art institutions in Europe, USA and Latin America.
ABOUT THE WORK
Using basic, low tech, inexpensive technology since 2004 Galindo has been making a video piece every one, two, or three years which are titled by the year they were produced in. His videos are mordant, absurd, funny, often built by a string of performance-based vignettes. They have a hallucinatory quality, yet are grounded in the landscape of urban and suburban Buenos Aires.
Galindo’s video pieces are about grittiness, humor, and an underlying atmosphere of danger. A scene in Galindo 2004 shows a naked man (the artist himself) sitting perched on the rooftop of a typical working class suburban Buenos Aires home, endlessly drinking water and urinating in a loop. In another shot the artist films a fast approaching train while standing on its track, the conductor desperately blowing his horn until the artist moves away from the track when the train is just some yards away. In Galindo 2006 a beautiful and non-sensical letter is read off-camera by a distorted voice with a strange accent. The artist learnt by heart to read the letter’s text from end to beginning and recorded it this way, then he edited the recording to play it backwards in the soundtrack.