Mario García Torres

b. 1975, Monclova, Mexico | lives and works in Mexico City

Mario García Torres uses film, photography, slide projection, sound, text, and video to debunk modernist myths, deconstruct art-world icons, and reveal the manufactured nature of supposedly universal truths. Appropriation, narrative, reenactment, repetition, and the tropes of reportage are some of the strategies that he employs to uncover the limitations of memory and the subjectivity of historical record. In his video Open Letter to Dr. Atl, (2005), García Torres contemplates the interconnections of art, culture, and place through an imaginary letter to Gerardo Murillo (1875–1964), a Mexican landscape painter and writer who worked under the pseudonym “Dr. Atl.”

Photo: Jose Vazquez

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