Dora García is a contemporary Spanish artist. García draws on interactivity and performance in her work, using the exhibition space as a platform to investigate the relationship between artwork, audience, and place. García transforms spaces into a sensory experiences by altering perception and creating situations of interaction, often using intermediaries (professional actors, amateurs, or people she meets by chance) to enhance critical thinking. By engaging with the binary of reality vs. fiction, visitors become implicated as protagonists either in the construction of a collective fiction or questioning of empirical constructions–sometimes knowingly, and sometimes not. Since 1999 García has created several artworks on the web.

Dora García studied in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As a young artist she moved to Brussels where she lived for 16 years.

She participated with the real time theatre in public space “The Beggar’s Opera” in Münster Sculpture Projects 2007, where the character Charles Filch made his first appearance in her work. She has always been interested in anti-heroic and marginal personas as a prototype to study the social status of the artist, and in narratives of resistance and counterculture. In this regard, Dora García has developed works on the DDR political police, the Stasi (“Rooms, Conversations”, film, 24 ‘, 2006), on the charismatic figure of US stand up comedian Lenny Bruce (“Just because everything is different it does not mean that anything has changed, Lenny Bruce in Sydney”, one-time performance, Sydney Biennale, 2008) or on the origins, rhizomatic associations and consequences of antipsychiatry (“Mad Marginal” book series since 2010, “The Deviant Majority”, film, 34’, 2010).

In the last years, she has used classical TV formats to research Germany’s most recent history (“Die Klau Mich Show”, Documenta13, 2012), frequented Finnegans Wake reading groups (“The Joycean Society”, film, 53′, 2013), created meeting points for voice hearers (“The Hearing Voices Café”, since 2014) and researched the crossover between performance and psychoanalysis (“The Sinthome Score”, 2013, and “Segunda Vez”, 2017).

She represented Spain at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, and presented her work in the next Biennale 2013 in the collateral events, and in the international exhibition of the Biennale 2015, curated by Okwui Ewenzor.

Dora García. Photo: Miguel Balbuena
Dora García
Valladolid, 1965

Past Exhibitions

Lugares Do Delírio

Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR)
07/02/2017 — 10/09/2017

Resonating Surfaces

Mendes Wood DM
22/11/2016 — 04/02/2017

Without Reality There Is No Utopia

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
15/02/2013 — 02/06/2013

Solo Shows

I See Words, I Hear Voices – The Power Plant, Toronto, ON
Dora García. A letter from Joyce to Ibsen.The Inadequate, Galleri F15, Moss

Dora Garcia, Philip K Dick and the vesica piscis – Michel Rein Brussels, Brussels
Dora García, There is a hole in the real – Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam
Dora García, Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid
Dora Garcia, Autour Des Crimes Et Des Rêves – Fonderie Darling, Montreal, QC

Dora García, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
Dora Garcia. Continuarracion. Sobre Suenos Y Crimenes, Centro José Guerrero, Granada
Dora Garcia: The Jerusalem of Europe, Rupert, Vilnius
Dora Garcia: Here comes everyone, Projectesd, Barcelona
the umbrella series, Projectesd, Barcelona

Dora García, The Inadequate / Project space, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam
The Beggar’s Things, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris

Group Shows

Una mirada en abierto. Colección Fundación Coca-Cola, La Conservera, Ceuti
An Imagined Museum Works From The Centre Pompidou, The Tate And The Mmk, Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt/Main
Sublime, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz
La trampa en la sonrisa. Colección Artium / The Trick in the Smile. Artium Collection, ARTIUM – Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Fluidity, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, DE

All the World’s Futures. 56th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale, Venice, IT. Group show.
Buenos Aires Experiencia Infinita, MALBA,, AR.

The Hearing Voices Café, project part of the international exhibition Illness as Metaphor: Madness in the Garden of Species, Hamburg, DE.
Yokohama Triennale of Art, Farenheit 451: Sailing into the Sea of Oblivion. Yokohama, JP
Affecting the Audience, University of Michigan Museum of Art, USA
Per/Form_How to do things with[out] words, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, ES
Double Jeu, artistes et architectes, FRAC Centre, Orléans, FR

Host & Guest, Tel Aviv Museum, IL (Upcoming)

(d)OCUMENTA 13, Kassel, DE
Blow up, cycle Side Effects, L’espace virtuel du Jeu de Paume, Paris, FR
This is a special black out edition!, Kadist Foundation, Paris, FR
Art, Science et Fiction, group show, MAC’s, Hornu, BE
What the monkey says no one pays attention to, TCB, Melbourne, AU

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Valladolid Country of birth: Spain Date of birth: 1965 Lives in: Barcelona, Spain
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