Gala Porras-Kim is an interdisciplinary artist living in Los Angeles. Her work is made through the process of learning about the social and political contexts that influence how such intangible things as sounds, language, and history have been represented through methodologies in the fields of linguistics, history, and conservation.
As a Radcliffe fellow, she is expanding on a project begun while curating a show from the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles about the limits of artist agency, property rights, and corporal integrity, considering artworks and artifacts within institutional collections. She will be researching the law and institutional policy to find how artists can intervene in their work physically and conceptually throughout their lifetime, and the resulting conflict between conservation and artists’ will.
Porras-Kim’s work has been shown at Colombia’s AÚN 44 Salón Nacional de Artistas, Frac des Pays de la Loire, the Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2019 exhibition, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Seoul Museum of Art, the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Biennial. She received a Los Angeles Artadia Award and a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Los Angeles Grant in 2017, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in 2016, a Creative Capital Award and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award in 2015, and a California Community Foundation Fellowship in 2013. She received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Latin American studies from UCLA.