CAROLINE GARCIA
b. Sydney, Australia 1988
Lives and works in New York

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.

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 critically re-appropriates problematic narratives of cultural representation, further complicating them through cultural cannibalism. Her practice involves a reimagining of forgotten choreographies and an intersectional approach to alternate ways of viewing images of the past that eschew classical myths. She is committed to mobilizing indigeneity by addressing diasporic privilege in order to out manoeuvre hegemonic forces that oppress. Her work embraces a glitchy and DIY quality as a strategy of resistance and employs the mimetic capacities of the Filipina/x archetype as a tool to migrate gestures and ritual into future landscapes.

Her practice traverses a highly personalized aggregation of distinct systems that encompass green screening (live and in post production), botany, robotics, poetry, and mixed realities (AR & VR), through a humorous and playful aesthetic that digitally samples popular culture and colonial imagery.  Flirting with transgressions, she welcomes the potency of rage as a rendition of criticality. Her most recent body of work serves to function as a reparative measure to contend with personal loss and the diasporic and post-colonial grief that accompanies matriarchal death by adopting the practice of headhunting from the Philippine Islands.

Caroline is a commissioned OPEN CALL 2021 artist at The Shed NYC and an upcoming Tech Resident at Pioneer Works in Spring 2021. Her most notable projects include Flygirl, developed at the EMPAC’s Residency Program 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, all in 2018. That same year, Caroline was one of the eight artists selected nation-wide for ‘Primavera: Young Australian Artists’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and is the 2018/19 recipient of the AAA/AFNGA 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 and was awarded the Edwards Charitable Giving Trust Residency at ISCP, NY in 2020. 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 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, 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