Primitive Nostalgia (video still), 2014

Primitive Nostalgia
Digital video, colour, sound
5:29 mins

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Primitive Nostalgia is a voyage through Hollywood cinema, featuring some of the most memorable dance numbers ever to be captured on film. Through the assemblage of cinematic samples, a record of explicit portrayals of cultural dances is exposed, performed by various ethnic troupes. Through Garcia’s act of green screening and mimetic gestures, a concern for the construction of identity emerges, as well as an unmasking of the inherent lateral violence that occurs in mimesis.

Toured nationally with Museums & Galleries NSW as part of Moving Histories // Future Projections exhibition: Rhodes Digital Gallery, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Cairns Regional Gallery, Mosman Art Gallery, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (above image), Grafton Regional Gallery (2017-19)

Exhibition History: UTS ART Gallery (2014); Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (all 2015); The Centre for Contemporary Photography, Sydney Film Festival (2016); Golden Age Cinema, Federation Square, BLINDSIDE, CTRL+SHIFT, Central Saint Martins (all 2017); Concordia Gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (all 2018); The Post Office Gallery, Theatre Tri-bühne, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage Arts (2019)