Gala Porras-Kim makes work that questions how knowledge is acquired, tests the potential of the art object to function as an epistemological tool outside of its traditional, art historical context, and challenges the possibilities and limits of learning about the cultures that surround us. Her work can be perceived as both aesthetic and utilitarian, capable of serving as a means for an outsider to access information about an unfamiliar culture.
She received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2009); an MA in Latin American Studies (2012), and a BA in Art and Latin American Studies (2007), from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work has been shown in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum's Made in L.A., CURRENT the Public Art Biennial, The 44th National Salon of Artists in Colombia and at the FRAC Pays de la Loire in France in 2016. She received a Creative Capital Grant and Tiffany Foundation Award in 2015 and a California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists in 2013. Porras-Kim’s work will be included in upcoming exhibitions, at Otis College of Art and Design and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the Getty Pacific standard time LA/LA in 2017. She is represented by Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles and LABOR in Mexico City.