In June 2009, the automobile industry giant General Motors filed for bankruptcy amidst the market crash already taking effect in the United States. The fall of this transnational corporation deepened the financial collapse in the US and beyond, with the majority of its plants and employees residing abroad. For Guatemalan artist Regina José Galindo, economic globalization ensures that “the origin of the crisis for some…is the origin of the crisis for all.” Staged 5 years following “the end of an era” for the US automobile industry, Galindo’s performance Big Bang (2014) addresses the increasingly interconnected dynamics of our global age.
This event took place June 25, 2014, as part of the exhibition “Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection,” March 19, 2014—July 13, 2014.
This performance is funded by the generous support of members of the Contemporary Visiting Committee.
Photo by Richard De Lima