Dora Garcia

Artist (1965)

Dora Garcia’s works involve video, writing and performance. Since her early days, the artist has been working on different ways of organizing and presenting narratives. She is especially interested by artificiality, as well as the way things topple over into fiction. Her world is largely oriented towards others: actors and spectators, all coming from a community with moveable boundaries. Her works introduce situations in which the spectator, unbeknownst to him or her, is often put in the position of an actor caught in the artistic system. A system which clearly deals with the artist/work/public triangulation and determines new possibilities. Dora Garcia’s works often try to provoke the perceptive habits of viewers, and even disturb them. Like a director, the artist explores the resources of fiction: a well-crafted screenplay, the inclusion of video archives and/or photographic images are all so many ways of capturing people and emotions. Because fiction may be a hypothesis of truth, it tacks very close to essential issues. Since 1999, Dora Garcia has also produced several works for the Internet which can be viewed on

Dora Garcia was born in Valladolid, in Spain. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she attended art courses at the University of Salamanca in Spain, and then at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Since 1995 she has been living and working in Brussels. She took part in the 1998 Manifesta in Luxembourg, the 2003 Istanbul Biennial, the Venice Biennale in 2007, and the Sydney Biennial in 2008; she also contributed to the Skulptur Projekte in Münster in 2007 (The Beggars’ Opera). She has had several solo shows in Europe since 2003. In 2007 and 2008, she took part in the travelling exhibition H Box with her film Hotel Wolfers, which was, in particular, screened at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, at the Mudam in Luxembourg, as well as at the Tate Modern in London. In 2011, she represented Spain at the 54th Venice Biennale.

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