Caroline Garcia and Athena Thebus
07 December 2017
Join artists Caroline Garcia and Athena Thebus for a ‘Filipinx Edition’ First Thursdays.
Garcia and Thebus invite you to participate in a Filipino Kamayan spread on banana leaves. No need for utensils and plates – use your hands to join this communal feast.
Both Garcia and Thebus will perform acts within the construction of a cliché Filipino party with family. In their performances Thebus finds a place for the queer body within Filipino Catholicism and mythology, whereas Garcia physically critiques the clichés and exotic stereotypes of the female diasporic body.
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Caroline Garcia works across live performance and video through a hybridised aesthetic of cross-cultural dance, ritual practice, new media, and the sampling of popular culture and colonial imagery. She is concerned with forgotten choreographies, alternate ways of viewing images of the past that eschew classical myths, and the mimetic capacities of the Filipina. Garcia has presented with Underbelly Arts Festival (Sydney), Channels (Melbourne), The Australian Video Art Festival (Melbourne), Proximity Festival (Perth), Junction Arts Festival (Launceston), MCA ARTBAR (Sydney), and PACT Centre for Emerging Artists (Perth). She has exhibited at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Melbourne), The Centre of Contemporary Photography (Melbourne), Firstdraft (Sydney), The Substation (Melbourne), and Blacktown Arts Centre (Sydney), among other institutions.
Athena Thebus’ practice spans sculpture, installation, and writing. Her practice is driven by the desire to generate atmospheres thick with past shame and queer hope, and have an undercurrent of celestial Catholicism as influenced by her Filipino mother. Thebus has exhibited at institutions such as Firstdraft (Sydney), Metro Arts (Brisbane), Bus Projects (Melbourne), 55 Sydenham Rd (Sydney), and PICA (Perth).