Mario Garcia Torres

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The work of Mario Garcia Torres traces and restages half-hidden histories and lost moments. For example, the slide piece What Happens in Halifax Stays in Halifax (In 36 Slides), 2004–2006, explores the aftermath of a “secret piece” by Robert Barry, executed by students in Halifax in 1969; neither the black-and-white images nor the subtitles give direct clues as to the nature of this piece, which only exists, if at all, in the participants’ memories. Even while taking part in the current wave of reinvestigation, and sometimes fetishization, of historical Conceptualism, Garcia Torres is noteworthy for exploring historical and political connections that exceed the limits of standard art history; a number of works from 2006 are based on the One Hotel run by Alighiero Boetti in Kabul—a war-torn city where any trace of this venture has probably been erased.

The centerpiece of Garcia Torres’s

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