Still from Mario García Torres' One Minute To Act A Title: Kim Jong-un's Favorite Movies, 2018; 16mm film (black and white, silent).
Appropriation, narrative, repetition, reenactment—these are just a few of the strategies Mario García Torres (Mexico, b. 1975) employs to delve into the often-blurred division between truth and fiction. The artist works in a variety of mediums, including video, installation, photography, and sculpture, to explore the subjectivity of historical records and the limitations of memory.
Illusion Brought Me Here is the first US survey to focus on the artist’s practice. Encompassing the galleries and Bentson Mediatheque, the exhibition features a selection of 35 works created over the past two decades as well as two site-specific installations conceived exclusively for the Walker. A newly commissioned piece made from the soundtracks of all García Torres’s media-based art serves as a dynamic audio framework in the galleries. In addition, three monologues conceived by the artist will be presented live during the run of the show. These performances personify his intimate interpretations around contemporary issues.
Illusion Brought Me Here, the exhibition’s title piece, is García Torres’s augmented-reality installation. In the project, avatars of people influential to the artist’s career—writers, curators, photographers, musicians, and gallerists—take the form of 3D holographic portraits that appear in various locations throughout the galleries. Each character references a specific place or moment in time.
(Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels; joségarcía, mx; Taka Ishii, Tokyo; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; and Franco Noero, Turin.)