Dora García was born in Valladolid in Spain and for several years now. She has been living and working in Brussels. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca (Spain) and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Her work comprises drawings, photography, installations, performance, video, sound and net.art. Garcia is interested in the creation of situations or contexts that serve to alter the traditional relationship between artist, artwork and spectator. Her work is included in numerous collections and museums (among them the Henry Art Foundation in Seattle, the MACBA in Barcelona as well as diverse private collections) and her video work has been shown, among other places, at Rotterdam’s International Film Festival, the Museo Nacional Reina Sofía (Madrid) and De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam).
The work of Dora García plays on the notions of absence and invisibility: building and contemplating emptiness. It arises like an obstacle between the spectator and the image, the reader and the text and creates– an imaginary niche, which can only be reconstructed with the help of memory or the imagination. Her performances and videos, mostly drawn from literary sources, imply a mental compromise, a concept which results from subtraction rather than addition. García is mainly interested in the continuously evolving laws of human existence, with recurring themes like social conditioning and productive contradictions. Her work is not about impossibility, but about expectations and how they change. When approaching Dora García’’s practice one must begin to read the smallest signs as possible signifiers. Her work permanently confronts the question of what is fiction and what is real, thus the spectator becomes the inevitable protagonist of a fiction, sometimes knowingly, sometimes not.