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Press release
Visual Arts.  Toronto,  23/09/2015

'I SEE WORDS, I HEAR VOICES', an exhibition of works by Dora García, at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto

I SEE WORDS, I HEAR VOICES is an exhibition of works by Dora García curated by Chantal Pontbriand. It takes up numerous facets of artistic experience, language, perception and literature through a constellation of projects that become indices of actions, past or future. 


Several universes cross Mad Marginal, an investigation into and staging of the works of authors including James Joyce, Jacques Lacan and Samuel Beckett – major stages of the work has been shown at documenta 12 and the 54th Venice Biennale. The iteration presented at The Power Plant will be the conclusion of the current stage of the project. García’s exploration into the state of exile and its relation to artistic practice manifests itself in two works also on show: Exile, an ongoing and archival project, as well as her acclaimed film The Joycean Society. The artist’s recent focus on compulsive writing, collective reading and the intersections between these activities are revealed in Exhausted Books II and Mad Marginal Charts. This inquiry has led García to examine voice-hearing and other extrasensory perceptions, as documented in ESP and Imposed Words/Palabras Impuestas. The common thread across I SEE WORDS, I HEAR VOICES is each work’s performative character. A strong archival impulse also emerges: a four-hundred-page reader bringing together major essays by international authors that develop different threads in García’s research will accompany the exhibition.
Dora García (born in Valladolid, Spain, 1965) lives and works in Barcelona and Oslo. She currently teaches at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway, and HEAD, Geneva. She is Co-Director for Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris. Her work is largely performative and deals with issues related to community and individuality in contemporary society, exploring the political potential of marginal positions and paying homage to eccentric characters and anti-heroes. She has exhibited her work at numerous international events such as the 54th, 55th and 56th Venice Biennale (2011, 2013 and 2015), documenta 12, the 29th São Paulo Biennale (2010), the 16th Sydney Biennale (2008) and Münster Sculpture Projects (2007).
The Power Plant is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time that offers an exceptional facility and professional support to diverse living artists while engaging equally diverse audiences in their work. The Power Plant pursues its activities though exhibitions, publications and public programming that incorporates other areas of culture when they intersect with visual art.
 
IN CONVERSATION
Dora García & Chantal Pontbriand
Monday, September 28, 7PM
FREE Members / $12 Non-Members
In conjunction with the exhibition I SEE WORDS, I HEAR VOICES, artist Dora García will discuss her Mad Marginal project with Guest Curator Chantal Pontbriand, including her interest in voice-hearing, James Joyce and life in exile. 
 
For more information: here
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