CAROLINE GARCIA
b. Sydney, Australia 1988
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NYC

Caroline is a culturally promiscuous, interdisciplinary artist. She works across performance, video, and installation through a hybridized aesthetic of cross-cultural movement, embodied research, and new media.  Her  practice traverses a highly personalized aggregation of distinct systems that encompass green screening (live and in post production), botany, robotics, poetry, ceramics, and mixed realities (AR/VR) through a humorous and playful (at times, irreverent) aesthetic.

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 and experiences of otherness. Using found footage, archives, and artifacts, she digitally samples popular culture and colonial imagery to critically re-appropriate problematic narratives of cultural representation, further complicating them through cultural cannibalism. Her practice involves a reimagining of forgotten choreographies and an intersectional approach to providing alternate ways of viewing images of the past that eschew classical myths. She employs the mimetic capacities of the Filipina/x archetype as a tool to migrate gestures and ritual into future landscapes.

Caroline is committed to centering Indigenous protocol and addressing diasporic ontologies and its privileges, both as a way to out manoeuvre the hegemonic forces that oppress. Her work embraces the rupture and the glitch as spaces to be filled with possibility and as strategies of resistance. Flirting with transgressions, she welcomes the potency of rage as a rendition of criticality. Her most recent body of work draws from Indigenous Filipino practices of headhunting and martial arts, all as a way of processing grief, specifically that of matriarchal loss, as an individual and in the postcolonial Filipinx diaspora.

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Caroline is a 2021 New York Artadia Awardee and a commissioned artist for Open Call at The Shed and The Sydney Opera House’s digital exhibition, Returning. Her most notable projects include Flygirl, developed in residence at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in 2016/17, and performances at the Manila Biennale, Art Central Hong Kong, and The Vera List Center for Arts and Politics NYC; all in 2018. Caroline was one of the eight artists selected nation-wide for ‘Primavera: Young Australian Artists’ in 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and was the 2018/19 recipient of the American Australian Association’s AUSART Fellowship Award. Caroline has presented work at Spring/Break Art Fair, Olsen Gruin Gallery, Movement Research at Judson Church, Smack Mellon, Creative Time Summit X, A.I.R. Biennale, and Hesse Flatow; all NYC. She was in residence at The Studios at MASS MoCA in 2019, awarded the Edwards Charitable Giving Trust Residency at ISCP, NY in 2020, and a Tech Resident at Pioneer Works in 2021. She is an upcoming Experimental Projects resident at the Institute for Electronic Arts, a CultureHub Resident, and a Recess Sessions artist for 2021-22. Caroline is an MFA in Fine Arts graduate from Parsons The New School of Art, Media, and Technology.

Caroline has presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Australian Center of the Moving Image, The Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, and The Sydney Opera House; as well as DARK MOFO, RISING Festival, Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival, Proximity Festival, Underbelly Arts Festival, NEXT WAVE, The Festival Of Live Art, Junction Arts Festival, Sydney Contemporary and Art Month Sydney, among others. She has exhibited at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, the Center of Contemporary Photography, Carriageworks, The SUBSTATION, Firstdraft, Federation Square, Blacktown Arts Centre, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, Cement Fondu, and Darren Knight Gallery, among others.



Left: Studio Portrait (2017) by Alex Wisser
Courtesy of Parramatta Artists Studios