Gala Porras-Kim (b. Bogotá, Colombia, 1984) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work questions the social and political contexts that influence the representation of language and history. The work comes from a research-based practice that aims to consider how intangible things, such as sounds, language and history, have been represented through different methodologies in the fields of linguistics, history and conservation. She received an MFA from CalArts and an MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA. Recent work has been shown at LACMA, Seoul City Museum, Whitney Museum, Hammer Museum's Made in LA, the Los Angeles Public Art Biennial. She has received awards from Artadia and Rema Hort Mann in 2017, Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2016, Creative Capital and Tiffany Foundation in 2015 and a California Community Foundation in 2013.
Image: Gala Porras-Kim, installation view of Made in LA 2016: a, the, though, only, June 12–August 28, 2016. Graphite, ceramic, linen and wood, miscellaneous artifects, triptych; 4 x 5 x 2 feet; 19 x 17 x 14 inches; 2 x 19 x 23 inches. Photo by Brian Forrest.