“T.Q.M. MI CIELO is short for “te quiero mucho mi cielo,” an endearing term for a loved one in Spanish. I love you so much my dear (literally: I love you so much my sky). It is a sentiment which a close loved one would have meant for them, and I’m just relaying the message.”
Gala Porras-Kim's work questions how knowledge is acquired and tests the potential of the art object to function as an epistemological tool outside of its traditional historical context. Her recent work examines the ultimate and literal signifier of culture: language, particularly its sounds. Porras-Kim uses the social and political contexts that influence the representation of language and history to make art objects through the learning process. The work comes from a research-based practice that questions how intangible things; sounds, language and history, have been represented through different methodologies such as linguistics and conservation, taking into account the way in which people use the sounds that make up communication with an object.
Hear from Gala Porras-Kim: