Imperial Reminiscence (video still), 2018
Digital video, colour, sound
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Imperial Reminiscence is a cinematic voyage of misguided desire (illegitimate and guilt-free) that traverses fantasies of cultural otherness. It is a reminder of the colonial gaze and its nostalgia for imperialism. It reviews the historical and ongoing Western narrative of whitewashing in Hollywood films, and archives this specific mode of violence that relies on the erasure of bodies of colour and benefits from their absence in cinema and the broader entertainment industry. Through performative and technological interventions, Garcia brings attention to these racial transgressions that continue to oppress those who have been othered, through acts of mimesis.
This work was commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; and supported by the NAVA NSW Artists’ Grant.
Exhibition History: The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2018); Post Office Gallery Ballarat, New England Regional Art Museum (2019); The Centre of Contemporary Photography (online), Salzburger Kunstverein (all 2020); A.I.R. Biennale (online) (2021)