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, and new media.
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. Taking an intersectional approach to contemporary dance (read: twerking), she applies identity politics to interrogate problematic narratives of cultural representation, further complicating them through a lens of cultural piracy. Her practice is concerned with reimagining forgotten choreographies and alternate ways of viewing images of the past that eschew classical myths, paying attention to diasporic privilege and the mimetic capacities of the Filipina archetype.
Her works often comprise of performance and video installations. As an extension of movement research in her practice, she approaches the composition of objects and construction of text through the notion of expanded choreography. Her practice traverses a highly personalized aggregation of distinct systems that encompass live-green screening, botany, robotics, poetry, and virtual reality, through a humorous and playful aesthetic that digitally samples popular culture and colonial imagery.
Caroline’s recent projects include Flygirl, developed at The EMPAC Residency in New York, facilitated by Australia Council for the Arts 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 2018: Young Australian Artists’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and is the 2018/19 recipient of the AAA/AFNGA AUSART Fellowship Award. In 2019, she presented work at Spring/Break Art Fair, Olsen Gruin Gallery, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Smack Mellon and Creative Time Summit X (all NYC), the Luggage Store Gallery (SF), and was a resident at MASS MoCA in Spring/Summer. Caroline is an MFA in Fine Arts graduate from Parsons The New School of Art, Media, and Technology and is a current resident at the ISCP, NYC.
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