Conversation Gala Porras Kim & Adam Kleinman | “Asymptote towards an ambiguous horizon”

Conversation Gala Porras Kim & Adam Kleinman | “Asymptote towards an ambiguous horizon”

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LABOR invites you to join the webinar conversation between artist Gala Porras-Kim and curator Adam Kleinman on Saturday June the 20th from 12 pm to 1 pm (CT). They will discuss Gala Porras-Kim´s work through Ways of Reading a KADIST initiative curated by Adam Kleinman and presented in collaboration with e-flux. Porras-Kim was invited to be part of this initiative with a solo exhibition and a participation in the seminar which took place on February 1st in New York City. The artist presented her new research that interweaves archeology, space, and psychic regression. The solo exhibition has been postponed due to the health crisis of covid-19 and it will be reactivated as soon as the situation allows it.
Gala Porras-Kim's work questions how knowledge is acquired and tests the potential of the art object to function as an epistemological tool outside of its traditional historical context. Her recent work examines the ultimate and literal signifier of culture: language, particularly its sounds. Gala uses the social and political contexts that influence the representation of language and history to make art objects through the learning process. Her work comes from a research-based practice that questions how intangible things; sounds, language and history, have been represented through different methodologies such as linguistics and conservation, taking into account the way in which people use the sounds that make up communication with an object. Gala Porras Kim's work is among the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Hammer Museum or the Whitney Museum and American Art.
Adam Kleinman is an independent curator and writer as well as the Regional Curator for North America at Kadist. He was previously Editor-in-Chief and Curator at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Agent for Public Programing at dOCUMENTA (13), and Curator at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He has organized numerous exhibitions, programs, and has authored monographs for artists such as Pablo Vargas Lugo (Mexican Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale, 2019), Pedro Reyes (Harvard University Press, 2018), John Latham (Serpentine Galleries, 2017), Silvestre Pestana (Serralves, 2016), and Rossella Biscotti (WIELS, 2015). He is a frequent contributor to Artforum, Frieze, e-flux journal, Texte Zur Kunst and other like publications as well. Kleinman was Curator-in-Residence at the Banff Centre (2018). In addition to these activities, he participated in the 56th Venice Biennale, Performa (09 & 11), the 12th Istanbul Biennial (satellite), and the Baltic Triennial (XI & XII).