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 representation through a lens 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 2016/17, performances at the Manila Biennale, Art Central Hong Kong, The Vera List Center for Arts and Politics NYC and DARK MOFO, all 2018, and Kamayan - A True Way of Eating for Creative Time Summit X Dinner Sessions in 2019. Caroline was one of the eight artists curated into Primavera 2018: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and is the 2018/19 recipient of the American Australian Association’s AUSART Fellowship Award. She recently performed for Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Spring/Break Art Fair, Olsen Gruin, and exhibited at The Luggage Store Gallery and Smack Mellon. Caroline is undertaking a Master of Fine Arts at Parsons The New School of Art, Media, and Technology 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 Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Australian Center of the Moving Image, The Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, and Fremantle Arts Centre; as well as DARK MOFO, 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, BLINDSIDE, 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