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 the text Television, written by the French psychoanalyst Jaques Lacan. In the exhibition space, these drawings also act as a platform for the performance Two Planets, which takes place continuously throughout the exhibition period. In addition, Dora Garcia’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 and artist 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