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Gala Porras-Kim, Proposal for the Reconstituting of Ritual Elements of the Sun Pyramid at Teotihuacan, 2019. PinchukArtCentre, Kiev. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Maksym Bilousov

Gasworks presents the first UK solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Gala Porras-Kim. Her work traces the global circulation of ancient precolonial artefacts extracted from their original sites and stored in museums and private collections, exploring how the use and definitions of these objects change in response to each context. Departing from official replicas of the monoliths recently found inside the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico, her exhibition at Gasworks will unravel the many worlds colliding in these powerful stones, from international copyright laws to cosmologies, stars and forces greater than us.


Gala Porras-Kim is an artist born in Bogota and based in Los Angeles. Her most recent exhibitions include the Whitney Museum, New York; Palazzo Ca’tron, Venice; PinchukArtCentre, Kiev (all 2019); Seoul Museum of Art (2018); LACMA, Los Angeles (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Triangle France, Marseilles (2015). She was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2019 and is the last recipient of the Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University. In 2020-21, her work will feature at the Gwangju Biennale and the São Paulo Biennial.

Gala Porras-Kim’s exhibition is commissioned and produced by Gasworks, with generous support from the Henry Moore Foundation and the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK). Research for the exhibition was developed during a residency at Delfina Foundation, supported by the Latin America and Caribbean Patrons Group.

Gasworks commissions are supported by Catherine Petitgas and Gasworks Exhibitions Supporters.