The Good Neighbor
Series of 4 photographs

In collaboration with Sophie Barbasch

The Good Neighbor is a photographic performance series that was created as a response to a notable signpost that Garcia encountered, erected in a handful of front yards in North Adams, Massachusetts, during her residency at The Studios at MASS MoCA. The sign in full read, “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor,” in three languages - Spanish, English and Arabic.

With an understanding that this message has been embraced as one that is undoubtedly of tolerance and welcome, and further, a gesture to promote community and hospitality across the country, it’s presence amongst streets lines with American flags heightened a concern.

The Good Neighbor is concerned with foreignity. It explores otherness by accentuating, alienating, and displacing a figure that is strange to a somewhat familiar backdrop off of highway U.S. Route 1.

Exhibition History: Monash Gallery (2019)