May 06 2016

Performance | Mario García Torres: I AM NOT A FLOPPER

Fri | 7pm

Performance | Mario García Torres: I AM NOT A FLOPPER Swiss Institute

As part of FADE IN: INT. ART GALLERY – DAY, please join us for a performance of Mario Garcia Torres’s I AM NOT A FLOPPER, a stage monologue co-written with philosopher Aaron Schuster.

“In this thirty-minute one-act play, an actor assumes the role of Alan Smithee—a pseudonym that filmmakers use whenever they want to withdraw their directing credit from one of their films. By personifying such a pseudonym, the piece brings to the forefront issues surrounding established notions of creation and invention.” – Mario Garcia Torres

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Mario Garcia Torres (b. 1975, Monclova, Mexico) is an artist currently living in Mexico City. Through a personal and intimate reaserch-based practice, his work has been investigating the structures and politics that make art possible, mainly using blind spots in recent art history and employing gestures normally related to the immaterial legacy of conceptual art. Solo exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2007), Kunsthalle Zürich (2008), Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley (2009), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010); and the Museo MADRE, Naples (2013). He has also had recent solo presentations at Neugerreimschneider, Berlin the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Perez Art Museum, Miami. He has participated in such international exhibitions as the Berlin Biennale (2014); the Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013); Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); the São Paulo Bienal (2010); and the Venice Biennale (2007). His work is currently on view at the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City.

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