What does it mean to belong in a space that is founded on “freedom” but buried by its systems? My identity as a Mexican woman is central to how I engage with society. The border represents an act of cultural reappropriation to a geographical space where political legitimacy and illegitimacy are in discordance. From language and skin color to surveillance and racial discrimination, this divide permeates deeply into the communal ecosystem.
The Wall is a documentation of multiple installations that I built using images that I found online of the Mexican border. I deconstructed the projected image with the use of columns made of paper and the architecture of the space.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Tere Garcia is originally from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She graduated from the University of Houston with a BFA in Photography and Digital Media and is currently pursuing her MFA in Photography at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. Garcia works in a variety of media such as video, sculpture, installation, traditional and digital photography. Her work employs conceptual and performative tactics to intervene in the photographic processes of cognition and to question the image as the repository of meaning. Her work turns on interventions into the image making process in order to destabilize the ground upon which it rests. “I aim to complicate the textuality of an image, how it is read, by exposing and complicating the space it seeks to naturalize (Garcia).”Garcia has exhibited at The Houston Center for Photography, Blaffer Art Museum, Box 13, HCC Central Fine Art Gallery, Fotofest participating spaces, Rudolph Blume Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY.