CAROLINE GARCIA (lives and works in New York + Sydney)
is a culturally promiscuous, interdisciplinary artist. She works across live performance and video through a hybridised aesthetic of cross-cultural dance, ritual practice, new media, and the sampling of popular culture and colonial imagery.
Caroline’s practice is shaped by alterity. In her work, she centers peripheral bodies by adopting the role of shape shifter - sliding into the gaps between cultures, experiences of otherness and timeless clichés of exotic femininity. She takes an intersectional approach to contemporary dance (read: twerking), the politics of diasporic identity, and notions of cultural piracy. She is concerned with reimagining forgotten choreographies, alternate ways of viewing images of the past that eschew classical myths, liminal spaces, and the mimetic capacities of the Filipina.
Caroline's recent projects include Flygirl, developed at The EMPAC Residency in New York, facilitated by Australia Council for the Arts in 2017, and performances at the Manila Biennale, Art Central Hong Kong and DARK MOFO in 2018. Caroline has been curated into Primavera 2018: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Arts at The New School / Parsons School of Design in New York City in 2018-20.
Caroline has presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Institute of Modern Art (QLD), The Art Gallery of Western Australia and Fremantle Arts Centre for Proximity Festival (WA), DARK MOFO (TAS), The Australian Centre of the Moving Image for Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival (VIC), Next Wave Festival (VIC), The Festival Of Live Art (VIC), Underbelly Arts Festival (NSW), Junction Arts Festival (TAS), Sydney Contemporary, and Art Month Sydney, among others. She has exhibited at the Center of Contemporary Photography, Heide Museum of Modern Art, The SUBSTATION, Firstdraft, The Sydney Film Festival Hub, BLINDSIDE, Blacktown Arts Centre, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, La Trobe Art Institute, Cement Fondu, and Darren Knight Gallery, among others.
Left: Studio Portrait (2017) by Alex Wisser
Courtesy of Parramatta Artists Studios