Dora García investigates and recomposes the parameters that condition the relationships between artist, work, and public. Using a range of media including performance, installation, photography, video and text, her works subtlety blend the boundaries between fiction and reality. In her performance practice for example, she often engages intermediaries who set the performative space in motion, both knowingly and unknowingly. These scenarios can explore the political potential rooted in marginal positions and offer a radical revision of the politics of participation. Here, art and its multiple languages do not simply represent the world but instead hold the power to recompose new social realities.
For prologue, Dora Garcia presents a site specific iteration of TRANSLATION/EXILE, 2017. The performance and subsequent installation of its documentation are based upon an urban walk shared between two people. The protagonists selected include one person with an ‘insider’ position in the art world and one person who has recently arrived not only to the city but to its labyrinthine contemporary art circuit. The walk follows, at the outset, an itinerary that may encounter necessary deviations, obstacles and unexpected revelations through which the protagonists’ experiences, including commonalities and points of difference, are exchanged. Throughout the walk, a tool for translation in itself, vocabulary, information, behaviour and social codes blend resulting in a shared map and two distinct notebooks that bear the imprint of the experience. This meeting of two subjectivities holds the potentiality of revisiting social codes and hierarchies of knowledge production.
Dora Garcia’s works have been shown in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2018); Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès, Bruxelles (2017); and The Power Plant, Toronto (2015). She has also participated in numerous notable group exhibitions including the Aichi Triennial (2019); MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2018); Casco Art Institute, Utrecht (2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016); 56th Biennale Arte, Venice (2015). Her works are included in prestigious collections such as, Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou, Paris; SFMOMA – San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco; Henry Art Foundation, Seattle; KADIST, Paris; MACBA, Barcelona; and the Flannan Browne Collection, United Kingdom.
Image: Dora García, TRANSLATION/EXILE, performance presented during Phenomenon 2, Anafi, 2017 © Alexandra Masmanidi / Courtesy the artist.