Issue #03 – Winter 2010

Dora García. Mad Marginal

On the occasion of Peep-Hole Sheet #03, Dora García presents Mad Marginal. This is the first part of a larger project, which shares the same title, that the artist is developing for Fondazione Galleria Civica Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità di Trento. The project is prompted by Dora García’s readings of the writings of Franco Basaglia and is related to issues of censorship, the audience-artist relationship, the mainstream and marginality. When Dora García started her project Mad Marginal, she recognized the similarities between the so-called “schizophrenese”, described by some psychiatrists, the recordings of Antonin Artaud and the more pot-induced monologues of Jack Smith, the underground film-maker that the artist reveres for his outrageous sense of humor combined with a tragic sense of life. She says: “So I made the necessary connections and used the three main ‘Smith subjects’ (Maria Montez, Landlordism and teeth) to construct a text about the idea of marginality as a political position in art, its contradictions, and its beauty”.*
*Dora García in conversation with the editors, November 2009

Dora García (Valladolid, 1965) lives and works in Barcelona.

Peep-Hole Sheet is a quarterly of writings by artists. Each issue is dedicated solely to one artist, who is invited to contribute with an unpublished text whose content is completely free in terms both of subject and format. The texts are published in their original language, with accompanying translation in English. Peep-Hole Sheet is meant for those who believe artists are catalysts for ideas all around us, and who want to read their words without any filter. Over time it aspires to build up an anthology of writings that might open new perspectives for interpreting and understanding our times. Peep-Hole Sheet is published and distributed by Mousse Publishing.