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OPENINGS: ektor garcia

ektor garcia, manos a la obra (let's do it), 2016, ceramic, glass, crochet, nuts, welded steel, welded nails, magnet, clothespin, 19 1⁄4 × 19 1⁄4 × 21 1⁄4". Photo: Abigail Enzaldo.

ektor garcia’s work traverses the psychological and the political, quietly contending with the ways in which power structures invade the most intimate spaces of the self. Incorporating ancient craft techniques, found artifacts of personal significance, and allusions to Mesoamerican myths, his sculptures and installations might appear to retreat into the past or emerge from a solipsistic inner world. But through gestures that summon ancestral memory and systems of belief, he materializes a search for belonging in the present and in the liminal spaces between different cultural identities. Even centuries after the first points of contact, colonial forces and hegemonic frameworks of thought continue to inscribe lived reality, and garcia’s practice probes the internalization of this violence. In his hands—wielding needles that can pierce or mend with care and turn bound fibers into

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