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.
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Dive deeper into the exhibition and meet the 3D avatars. Connect to free Wi-Fi at Walker&Garden and download Illusion Brought Me Here from the App Store (compatible with Android and iPhone 7 and newer). The app only works during the run of the show—so don’t miss out!
The show is organized by the Walker and copresented with WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels. It will be accompanied by the first publication to survey the artist’s work, published by the two institutions.
Curator: Vincenzo de Bellis with Fabián Leyva-Barragan