Gala Porras-Kim |
(b. Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in Los Angeles).
Porras-Kim received her BA from UCLA (2007), MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2009), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010). Her work has been included in exhibitions at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, CA; FOXRIVER, Singapore; La Central, Bogotá, Colombia; Dobaebacsa HQ, Seoul, Korea, and most recently at 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA.
Porras-Kim researches Zapotec culture, its tonal language, and the variations of dialects contained within Oaxaca. She examines whistling as means of carrying hidden transcripts and as a strategy of dissent. Included in the exhibition is the LP "Whistling and Language Transfiguration," a collection of regional stories translated into whistling as a contemporary media format and artistic context.
In this interview, previously published for KCET ArtBound, 18th Street Art Center curator Pilar Tompkins-Rivas and former Communications Director Sara Schnadt talk to the artist about her most recent work and the cross-disciplinary nature of her research.