Dora Garcia, I Always Tell the Truth

Dora Garcia, I Always Tell the Truth

What is truth and who speaks the truth? In her exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall, Dora Garcia explores the concept of truth; through film, drawings, text and performance. Today, when the division between true and false appears increasingly dissolved and when the occurrence of ‘fake news’ makes it hard to assess the veracity of statements, Dora Garcia’s exhibition appears as an important space for dialogue.

The text I Always Tell The Truth – which also is the title of the exhibition – can be seen as part of the chalk drawings that cover the facade, walls and floors of the Konsthall. The sentence is retrieved from an interview with the French psychoanalyst Jaques Lacan that appeared on French television in 1973. Lacan´s answer to the first question in this well debated interview made at the end of Lacan´s career was “I always tell the truth, but not all the truth”. In the exhibition Dora García weaves together various notions and perspectives on truth with references from art, literature, film and psychoanalysis. The drawings in the exhibition space also act as a platform for the performance Two Planets, which takes place continuously throughout the exhibition period. In addition, Dora García’s newly produced feature film Segunda Vez is shown as part of the exhibition; an inquiry into the work and life of the Argentinian psychoanalyst, writer, translator (of Lacan´s texts to the Spanish speaking world) and artist (during only one year) – Oscar Masotta.

Dora Garcia is born in 1965 and based in Barcelona. Currently, her work is presented in a comprehensive retrospective exhibition at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid. In 2011, she also represented Spain at the Venice Biennale and in 2012 she was shown as part of documenta 13. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and her exhibition Red Love is shown at Tensta Konsthall until September 23rd. In correlation to the exhibition, Bonniers Konsthall and the publisher Art and Theory Publishing will issue a publication.

Photo: Dora Garcia, Segunda Vez, still from film, 2018, 93 min. Courtesy Auguste Orts