Dora Garcia – Zimmer, Gespräche (Germany 2006, 28:20 mins.)

The encounter in a Leipzig apartment between a Stasi officer and a female civilian informant is the setting for Zimmer, Gesprache (‘Rooms, Conversations’). However, neither the stasi nor the city of Leipzig is ever mentioned explicitly. The video is thus set in an undetermined time and space, only discernible through the accent of the actors and the architectural background. Constructing a realist scene is not Dora Garcia’s intention, and Room, Conversations is neither a documentary nor a documentary fiction. What Garcia seeks is to use the parameters of a given historical situation in order to communicate abstract notions such as fear, control, authority, submissiveness, obedience, absurdity, power or dependency.

BIO: Dora García is Spanish artist born in 1965 in Valladolid and lives and works in Barcelona. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. García explores various media including performance, video, text and installation. Her practice investigates the conditions that shape the encounter between the artist, the artwork and the viewer, whereas her work focuses more particularly on the notions of duration, access and readability, concerned with the privilege afforded to “those in the know”. Her solo exhibitions were presented at venues such as Venice Biennale; Biennale du Lyon; OPA Oficina Para Proyectos de Arte A.C. in Guardalajara, Mexico; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; Galeria Civica di Trento, Italy; The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm and many more.