Jonathan Molina-Garcia (b. 1989) is a Salvadoran-American, photo-based media artist residing in Dallas, Texas.
His projects are committed to experiments in sharing. A citizen of the third world and an American DREAMER, his work looks at various topical and social themes in national and sexual identity. Primarily a collage artist, his mediums of interest also include time-based actions - performance art and video documentation; book-making and labor crafts.
He holds an MFA degree in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and graduated with dual degrees in Photography and Art History from the University of North Texas. Recent exhibitions include “In Sickness” at Texas Woman’s University and “Transmission Reentry” at the University of Texas, Dallas. He is the recipient of the 2018 Nasher Microgrant and has been awarded various other developmental grants from organizations including the artist-run Art Tooth gallery, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and The Dallas Museum of Art.
He is currently a visiting lecturer in photography at Southern Methodist University.
I am a Salvadoran-American, photo-based media artist working in the south.
The bulk of my work uses collage processes in image production, including conventional photomontages and image transfers, but extends to photo environments and tactile encounters with technology. Materiality and hand labor are major components in my projects, as they provide opportunities to consider how images influence a person’s body, psychology, and politics.
My treatment of the camera explores its criminal or fugitive potential; how it can counterfeit reality or deceive an audience. To that end, I am interested in how subjects deemed criminal themselves articulate their social realities through such duplicitous mediums. Criminality, in this instance, would be anything that confers an aberrant legal or political status, like being undocumented, various disabilities, gender nonconformity. The targets of critique in my projects are often institutions and local episodes that perpetuate violence and civic inequity; therefore, my work's mission is to facilitate community reparation and healing.