This publication documents a research made by Dora García for a video
project on Oscar Masotta, pioneer of Lacanian psychoanalysis in Latin
America and influential art critic. It features a selection of Masotta's
writings as well as contextual essays on his work.
Segunda Vez is an art research project centered on the figure of Oscar
Masotta (Buenos Aires, 1930, Barcelona, 1979), an author of groundbreaking
texts about the Happening, art, and dematerialization, a pioneer of
Lacanian psychoanalysis in the Spanish-speaking world, and a happenista.
The project has yielded a full-length and four medium-length
films by Dora García, two Cahiers documenting the research, and
this book. Segunda Vez: How Masotta Was Repeated offers a
selection of Masotta's writings, including his early study of Argentinean
author Roberto Arlt, as well as texts that contextualize Masotta's thought
and broaden the reach of his reflections on the intersections between
performance and psychoanalysis, art and politics.
Contrary to the idea that would have art addressing the greatest possible number of people, Dora García (born in 1965 in Valladolid, lives and works in Barcelona), best known for her performance devices, is interested in what is enacted at the individual scale: in a radically conceptual form, at once accessible and elegant, she elects to transmit oddly coded messages, their ask being to bestir a specific relation with each and every visitor. Dora García is interested in everything that intervenes in the communication between an artist and his/her public: art no longer represents the world, but itself becomes a producer of realities often on the borderline of fiction and make-believe. It urges us to undergo experiences other than ordinary situations, at once simple and hard to grasp.
Dora García has had solo exhibitions at the MACBA in Barcelona, the Reina Sofia in Madrid and the SMAK in Gent. She represented Spain at the Venice Biennale in 2011, and was a part of the Skulptur Projekte Münster 07, the Sydney Biennial in 2009, the Biennale de Lyon in 2009 and Documenta 13 in 2012.