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Dora Garcia


Biography

Born in 1965 in Valladolid (Spain).
Lives and works in Barcelona (Spain).

Dora García uses the exhibition space as platform to investigate the relationship between the visitor, the artwork, and place. To this end the artist often draws on interactivity and performance. She represented Spain at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.

Working from text, archives, and audio files, she narrates both real and fictional stories to question and shake up society. Across a multifaceted body of work (video, writing, performance and installation), she challenges the traditional relationships between artworks and spectators within the exhibition space. Her scenarios combine fiction and reality to the point of confusion, thus create unique situations that are both intellectual and playful, which rely on an active, and sometimes obligatory, participation of the public in the creation, activation or destruction of the work.


Dora Garcia's works have been exhibited in Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Fondation d'Entreprise Hermes (Brussels), Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto), Fonderie Darling - Centre d'arts visuels (Montreal), Punkt Ø (Moss), Centre d'Arts Visuels (Montréal), FRAC Ile-de-France (Paris), Tate Modern (London), MNAM - Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris), MUDAM (Luxembourg), SMAK (Gent), MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MACBA - Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Index Contemporary Art Foundation (Stokholm), Fundació La Caixa (Barcelona), Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Madrid), Tel Aviv Museum (Israel), MAC's - Musée des Arts Contemporains (Bossu), MOCAK (Krakow), Fondation d'entreprise Ricard (Paris), Villa Arson (Nice), Henry art Foundation (Seattle)...

Dora García participed at the 54th, 55th, 56th Venice Biennale (Italy), (d)OCUMENTA 13 (Kassel), 2nd Athens Biennale (Greece), Lyon Biennale (France), 29th São Paulo Biennial (Brazil), 16th Biennale of Sydney (Autralia), 10th Lyon Biennial Gwangju Biennial (Korea) and more.

Her work is part of prestigious collections as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), San Francisco MoMA, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Sevilla), Coca-Cola Foundation Collection (Madrid), CNAP - National Center for Plastics Arts (Paris), La Caixa Contemporary Art Collection (Barcelona), Fundación ARCO (Spain), De Bruyn Collection (Rótterdam), Flannan Browne Collection (UK), FRAC: Bourgogne / Franche-Comté / Ile-de-France Le Plateau / Languedoc-Rousillon / Lorraine, Henry Art Foundation (Seattle), Kadist Foundation (Paris/San Francisco), MACBA - Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Artium, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo de Vitoria-Gasteiz (Araba), Patio Herreriano - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Español (Valladolid)...


SHORT BIO

B. 1965, lives and works in Oslo (Norway).

Dora García uses the exhibition space as platform to investigate the relationship between the visitor, the artwork, and place.

Working from text, archives, and audio files, she narrates both real and fictional stories to question and shake up society. Across a multifaceted body of work (video, writing, performance and installation), she challenges the traditional relationships between artworks and spectators within the exhibition space. Her scenarios combine fiction and reality to the point of confusion, thus create unique situations that are both intellectual and playful, which rely on an active, and sometimes obligatory, participation of the public in the creation, activation or destruction of the work.

Dora Garcia's works have been exhibited at the 54th, 55th, 56th Venice Biennale, (d)OCUMENTA 13, 2nd Athens Biennale, Lyon Biennale, 29th São Paulo Biennial , Reina Sofía (Madrid), Fondation d'Entreprise Hermes (Brussels), Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto), Fonderie Darling (Montreal), Punkt Ø (Moss), Rose Art Museum, Brandreis University, Waltham (USA), FRAC Ile-de-France (Paris), MuHKA (Belgium), Tate Modern (London) Centre Pompidou (Paris), MUDAM (Luxembourg), SMAK (Gent), MUSAC (León), MACBA (Barcelona), Index Contemporary Art Foundation (Stokholm), Fundació La Caixa (Barcelona), Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Madrid), Tel Aviv Museum (Israel), MAC's (Bossu), MOCAK (Krakow), Fondation d'entreprise Ricard (Paris), Villa Arson (Nice), Henry art Foundation (Seattle)...

Dora García participed at the 54th, 55th, 56th Venice Biennale (Italy), (d)OCUMENTA 13 (Kassel), 2nd Athens Biennale (Greece), Lyon Biennale (France), 29th São Paulo Biennial (Brazil), 16th Biennale of Sydney (Autralia), 10th Lyon Biennial Gwangju Biennial (Korea) and more.

Her work is part of prestigious collections as Reina Sofía (Madrid), San Francisco MoMA, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Sevilla), Coca-Cola Foundation Collection (Madrid), CNAP (Paris), La Caixa Contemporary Art Collection (Barcelona), Fundación ARCO (Spain), De Bruyn Collection (Rótterdam), Flannan Browne Collection (UK), FRAC (Bourgogne, Franche-Comté, Ile-de-France, Languedoc-Rousillon, Lorraine), Henry Art Foundation (Seattle), Kadist Foundation (Paris, San Francisco), MACBA


Selected works

I read it with golden fingers (Denkbilder), Dora Garcia
Mad Marginal Charts (3), Dora Garcia
Mad Marginal Charts (2), Dora Garcia
Segunda Vez (Second Time Around), Dora Garcia
Todo Estado es ficticio y todo dinero falso., Dora Garcia
Two Planets Have Been Colliding for Thousands of Years, Dora Garcia
Segunda vez (44), Dora Garcia
Écrits 1 & 2, Dora Garcia
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Museum exhibitions

Mattatoio, Roma

Mattatoio, Roma

Mattatoio, Roma

Mattatoio, Roma

Mattatoio, Roma

Mattatoio, Roma

Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal

Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal

CEAAC, Strasbourg

CEAAC, Strasbourg

Rose Art Museum Waltham, USA

Rose Art Museum Waltham, USA

Rose Art Museum Waltham, USA

Rose Art Museum Waltham, USA

Rose Art Museum Waltham, USA

Rose Art Museum Waltham, USA

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Dora Garcia -

Conosco un labirintho che è una linea retta, Mattatoio, Roma, (cur. Angel Moya Garcia), © M3 Studio, 2021

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Conosco un labirintho che è una linea retta, Mattatoio, Roma, (cur. Angel Moya Garcia), © M3 Studio, 2021

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Conosco un labirintho che è una linea retta, Mattatoio, Roma, (cur. Angel Moya Garcia), © M3 Studio, 2021

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Two Planets Have Been Colliding for Thousands of Years, Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal, Canada, 2021

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Nouer le reste, CEAAC, Strasbourg, France, 2021

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Love with Obstacles, Rose Art Museum Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, 2020

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Love with Obstacles, Rose Art Museum Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, 2020

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Love with Obstacles, Rose Art Museum Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, 2020

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Love with Obstacles, Rose Art Museum Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, 2020

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The Beggar's Things, from Skulptur Projeckte, Münster (2007), Special Project, ARCO , Madrid, Spain, 2020, ph. Roberto Ruiz

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The Beggar's Things, from Skulptur Projeckte, Münster (2007), Special Project, ARCO , Madrid, Spain, 2020, ph. Roberto Ruiz

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Picasso et l'Exil, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France, 2019

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Second Time Around Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, 2018

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Second Time Around Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, 2018

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Second Time Around Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, 2018

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Nous sommes des extraterrestres, coll.Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, château de Rochechouart, France, 2017

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Nous sommes des extraterrestres, coll.Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, château de Rochechouart, France, 2017

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Somewhere, two planets have been colliding for thousands of years (The Thinker as Poet) (Guillaume Désange), La Verrière, Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Brussels, Belgium, 2017

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Somewhere, two planets have been colliding for thousands of years (The Thinker as Poet) (Guillaume Désange), La Verrière, Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Brussels, Belgium, 2017

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Somewhere, two planets have been colliding for thousands of years (The Thinker as Poet) (Guillaume Désange), La Verrière, Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Brussels, Belgium, 2017

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Somewhere, two planets have been colliding for thousands of years (The Thinker as Poet) (Guillaume Désange), La Verrière, Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Brussels, Belgium, 2017

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These books were alive: they spoke to me, The Tetley, Leeds, UK, 2017

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These books were alive: they spoke to me, The Tetley, Leeds, UK, 2017

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These books were alive: they spoke to me, The Tetley, Leeds, UK, 2017

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These books were alive: they spoke to me, The Tetley, Leeds, UK, 2017

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11th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea, 2016

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11th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea, 2016

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I see words, I hear voices (cur. Chantal Pontbriand), The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 2015

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I see words, I hear voices (cur. Chantal Pontbriand), The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 2015

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I see words, I hear voices (cur. Chantal Pontbriand), The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 2015

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The Sinthome score, All the world's futures, (cur. Okwui Enwezor), 56th International Art Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia, Italy, 2015

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The Sinthome score, All the world's futures, (cur. Okwui Enwezor), 56th International Art Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia, Italy, 2015

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The Sinthome score, All the world's futures, (cur. Okwui Enwezor), 56th International Art Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia, Italy, 2015

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Dora Garcia, Des crimes et des rêves (cur. Chantal Pontbriand), Fonderie Darling, Montreal, Canada, 2014

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Dora Garcia, Des crimes et des rêves (cur. Chantal Pontbriand), Fonderie Darling, Montreal, Canada, 2014

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Dora Garcia, Des crimes et des rêves (cur. Chantal Pontbriand), Fonderie Darling, Montreal, Canada, 2014

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Des choses en moins, des choses en plus (cur. Sébastien Faucon & Agnès Violeau) Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2014, ph. Aurélien Mole

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Klau Mich: radicalism in society meets experiment on TV, DOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany, 2012

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Klau Mich: radicalism in society meets experiment on TV, DOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany, 2012

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What the monkey says no one pays attention to (cur. Marie Gautier and Clémence de Montgolfier), TCB, Melbourne, Australia, 2012

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The Joycean Society Kunsthaus Bregenz, (cur. by Eva Birkenstock), Austria, 2012

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The Joycean Society Kunsthaus Bregenz, (cur. by Eva Birkenstock), Austria, 2012

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The Joycean Society Kunsthaus Bregenz, (cur. by Eva Birkenstock), Austria, 2012

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The Joycean Society Kunsthaus Bregenz, (cur. by Eva Birkenstock), Austria, 2012

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Les Roméos (cur. Chantal Pontbriand), Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris,France, 2011

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Les Roméos (cur. Chantal Pontbriand), Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris,France, 2011

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54th Biennale di Venezia (cur. Bice Curiger), Spanish Pavilon, Italy, 2011

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54th Biennale di Venezia (cur. Bice Curiger), Spanish Pavilon, Italy, 2011

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Nul si découvert (cur. Guillaume Désanges), Le Plateau, FRAC Île-de-France, Paris, France, 2011

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Nul si découvert (cur. Guillaume Désanges), Le Plateau, FRAC Île-de-France, Paris, France, 2011

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There is always a cup of sea to sail, 29th Sao Paulo Biennial (cur. Moacir dos & Agnaldo Farias), Brasil, 2010

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The Conspiracy, Kunsthalle, Bern, Germany, 2010, ph. Dominique Uldry

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LAST DAYS / derniers jours, Le Parvis, Centre d'art, Pau, France, 2010

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Répétition, Rétrospective, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris, France, 2010

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Au pied de la lettre, Domaine départemental de Chamarande, France, 2009, ph. Marc Domage

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Au pied de la lettre, Domaine départemental de Chamarande, France, 2009

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Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris, France, 2009

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¿Dónde van los personajes cuando la novela se acaba?, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2009, ph. Mark Ritchie

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¿Dónde van los personajes cuando la novela se acaba?, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2009, ph. Mark Ritchie

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¿Dónde van los personajes cuando la novela se acaba?, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2009, ph. Mark Ritchie

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¿Dónde van los personajes cuando la novela se acaba?, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2009, ph. Mark Ritchie

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Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK, 2009

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Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK, 2009

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Steal book, Lyon Biennal of contemporary art, France, 2009

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Steal book, Lyon Biennal of contemporary art, France, 2009

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Just Because Everything is Different Does Not Mean That Anything Has Changed (The Essential Lenny Bruce), reading performance, U-Turn, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2008

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Le jour et la nuit, Frac Ile-de-France au Parc culturel de Rentilly, Bussy-Saint-Martin, France, 2008

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Italia, Italie, Italien, Italy, Wlochy, Arcos - Museo d'arte contemporanea, Sannio, Italy, 2008, ph. Pasquale Palmieri

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Ne pas jouer avec des choses mortes, Villa Arson, Nice, France, 2008

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Ne pas jouer avec des choses mortes, Villa Arson, Nice, France, 2008

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Ne pas jouer avec des choses mortes, Villa Arson, Nice, France, 2008

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Skulpture Projekte, Münster, Germany, 2007

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Instant Narrative, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany, 2007

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Instant Narrative, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany, 2007

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Nouvelles du Mont Analogue, Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart, France, 2007

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Où? Scènes du sud : Espagne, Italie, Portugal (cur. Françoise Cohen), Carré d'art - Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes, France, 2007, ph. David Huguenin

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Code inconnu, SMAK, Gent, Belgium, 2006

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Code Inconnu, SMAK, Gent, Belgium, 2006

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Code inconnu, SMAK, Gent, Belgium, 2006

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Temps de video, Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 2006

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Contes choisis (cur. Montse Badia), Centro de Arte Santa Mónica, Barcelona, Spain, 2006

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Le futur doit être dangereux (cur. Eva González-Sancho), FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France, 2005

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Le futur doit être dangereux (cur. Eva González-Sancho), FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France, 2005

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Le futur doit être dangereux (cur. Eva González-Sancho), FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France, 2005

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Le futur doit être dangereux (cur. Eva González-Sancho), FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France, 2005

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Sí/yes/ oui, No/no/non, MUSAC, León, Spain, 2005

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Sí/yes/ oui, No/no/non, MUSAC, León, Spain, 2005

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Monocanal, Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, 2004

Dora Garcia -

Monocanal, Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, 2004


Press

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Publications

Segunda Vez: How Masotta Was Repeated

Segunda Vez: How Masotta Was Repeated

Publisher: Oslo National Academy of the Arts et Torpedo Press

2018

Second Time Around - Which is in fact the first

Second Time Around - Which is in fact the first

Publisher: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

2018

Segunda Vez, que siempre es la primera

Segunda Vez, que siempre es la primera

Publisher: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

2018

I See Words, I Hear Voices - Mad Marginal - Cahier #4

I See Words, I Hear Voices - Mad Marginal - Cahier #4

Publisher: Sternberg Press, Berlin, Germany

2015

The Joycean Society

The Joycean Society

Publisher: Silvana Editoriale, Milan, Italy

2013

All the stories

All the stories

Publisher: Book Works

2011

Steal this book

Steal this book

Publisher: Paraguay press

2010

The Beggar's - Book, Diary, Evenings

The Beggar's - Book, Diary, Evenings

Publisher: Verlag König, Köln, 2008

2008

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