Dora Garcia

Born 1965 in Valladolid, Spain, Dora García studied Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Holland (1985-1992). She now lives and works in Barcelona after having resided in Brussels for over two decades. García uses a range of media including performance, video, text and installation. Her practice investigates the conditions that shape the encounter between the artist, the artwork and the viewer. Her work focuses more particularly on the notions of duration, access and readability, concerned with the privilege afforded to “those in the know”. García’s pieces often involve staging unscripted scenarios that elicit doubt as to the fictional or spontaneous nature of a given situation. They predetermine set rules of engagement or utilize recording devices to frame both conscious and unconscious forms of spectator participation. García’s work also explores the political potential rooted in marginal positions: namely the figures of the outsider, the outcast and the outlaw, paying homage through several works to eccentric and often anti-heroic personas, including the stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce.