Aware of these constructs, Gala Porras-Kim considers the lives and stories of the artifacts, raising questions about how objects speak, for whom, and for what purposes. The exhibition centers on four recent installations, three of which are new commissions: Asymptote Towards an Ambiguous Horizon (2021), Precipitation for an Arid Landscape (2021), and Leaving the Institution Through Cremation Is Easier than as a Result of a Deaccession Policy (2021). Joining these is Proposal for the Reconstituting of Ritual Elements for the Sun Pyramid at Teotihuacán (2019). These projects are set in dialogue with several earlier, complementary works, which establish a deeper context of the artist’s practice.
Gala Porras-Kim carried out part of her research for this exhibition while being a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University (2019–2020) and as Artist in Residence at the Getty Research Institute (2020-2022). We would like to thank the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University for providing access to the archival material showcased in this exhibition. This exhibition is organized and produced by Amant in cooperation with KADIST and is curated by Ruth Estévez and Adam Kleinman.
Exhibition Guides and Spanish Translations
Reading of Gala Porras-Kim’s Letters to Museum Officials
- (0:00/ -11:58) Letter to Alexander Kellner, National Museum of Brazil;
- (2:44/ -09:13) Letter to Jane Pickering, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology;
- (6:19/ -05:39) Letter to Juan Manuel Garibay Barrera, National Institute of Archaeology and History, Mexico City;
- (9:03/ -02:56) Letter to Soomi Lee, Director Gwangju National Museum.