Gathering The Diaspora

Gabriela Galván

Gathering The Diaspora

Mixed media installation and performance

Inspired by the diversity of the community in Jamaica, Galvan proposed a project based on the participation of locals. She invited the members of the local community to donate everyday objects, which are related to their family members and beyond. According to her intention the objects would “reveal the community’s myths, fantasies, and experiences. They are like puzzle pieces that render the multicultural environment vis-à-vis the landscape”. In order to get in touch with the locals and collect objects from them, Galvan realized several sewing actions on certain days on 164th Street. As Galvan pointed out in her proposal saying “Individuals will be reflected in their objects. They determine how the piece comes together”, the participation indeed became a crucial aspect of the implementation of the work. From the clothes, utilitarian objects and decorations or relaxation tools Galvan created a mural assemblage on a wall of the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica. – A.E.

Gabriela Galvan creates formal meditations on found and everyday object, which are used to activate the relationship between audience and site. Working across disciplines—installation, public art, sculpture, video, drawing, and performance— Galvan’s art never settles in a fixed form. Her objects are catalyst for personal and social transformations.

She has exhibited in venues such as Zacheta National Gallery (Poland), Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía (Spain), Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien (Germany), and in her native Mexico at Museo Tamayo, Museo de Arte Moderno, and Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico (in collaboration with the Centre George Pompidou), among others.

Recent public projects include Aquatic Random at Staten Island Ferry Terminal, NY. She was artist in residence at OMI International Arts Center, NY, and the International Studio & Curatorial Program of New York. She has received grants from the Fundacion Jumex Arte Contemporaneo and the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA) in the programa de Residencias Artísticas and the Programa Jóvenes Creadores in Mexico. In May-July 2015, she was an artist in residence at the Fundacion Casa Wabi in Mexico.

Gabriela Galván was born in Mexico City. She lives and works in New York.