Translation / Exile, DORA GARCÍA OCTOBER 2018 PUBLIC SPACE & INTERKULTURELT MUSEUM, OSLO
Translation/ Exile was a walk taken in the city by two men that might be very similar, were it not because one is an insider and the other one is an outsider, one belongs to the city and the other one is a stranger in the city. Through the walk, the citizen answered the questions of the stranger, referring to vocabulary and language, to information, behaviour, and social / moral codes. Both noted everything down in two notebooks, each using their own words, language, and ways of understanding. The result of the performance was two very personal dictionaries, a public conversation about the walk, and a citizen that has become a bit of a stranger and a stranger that has become a bit of a citizen.
Following the city walk a conversation took place at the Interkulturelet Museum where the two men shared their experiences of the day. The notebooks were also displayed at the museum from October-December.
Dora García lives and works in Barcelona. She uses both exhibition spaces and public the realm as platform to investigate relationships between social contracts, the artwork, and place, often using on interactivity and performance. She represented Spain at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. Selected exhibitions include: Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2015 / Punkt Ø, Moss, Norway, 2015 / Centre d'Arts Visuels, Montréal, Canada, 2014 / (d)OCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany, 2012 / FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris, France, 2011 / Gwangju Biennial, Korea, 2010, 2016 / Lyon Biennial, France, 2009 / TATE Modern, London, UK, 2008.