Rumba Sola (video still), 2014


Rumba Sola
2014
Digital Video, b/w, sound
1:25 min


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In Rumba Sola, Garcia collages herself into a black and white Hollywood film, transporting her to 1939. She embodies the rumba, the dance of Cuba which is traditionally performed with a partner. However, Garcia performs the dance solo, executing each step from an imagination of being led, and her composite body is traced and guided by the female dancer on screen. Through the act of repetition, Garcia continuously executes the choreography in a circle ‘around’ the male performer, interrogating gender roles and expectations in dance, through the exploration of who is leading whom.


Exhibition History: Firstdraft (2014); The Centre for Contemporary Photography (2015); Bondi Pavilion Gallery (2019)