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What History Calls For

An Interview With Gala Porras-kim

09 west Mexico ceramics from the LACMA collection: Colima Index, 2017, paintings, graphite, color pencil, and ink on paper, 186.7 × 339 × 7.6 cm. Photo by Laura Cherry. Courtesy Museum Associates, Los Angeles.

Driven by a fascination with ancient knowledge, Bogotá-born, Los Angeles-based artist Gala Porras-Kim pursues her interests through a range of approaches, from conversations with living communities and institutions to shamanic communions with the dead. Throughout her research-driven process, Porras-Kim also tests the contemporary structures—such as museum classification systems—that organize and determine our relationships…

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