Fernando García-Dory: Artist at Work
Casco’s current Artist at Work (2014–2015) is Spain-based Fernando García-Dory together with Adelita Husni-Bey who lives and works in New York. García-Dory’s practice attempts to generate other horizons and re-understand cultural production in the era of post-fordism and hyperreality. He does so through evolving a new appreciation and relation to land and the peasant cultures on which our civilization is built. In his work, the countryside becomes a premise for discussions about—and actions for—environmental sustainability, global versus local economies, food production and genetic modification, cultural commodification, and the commons. At Casco, García-Dory applies his research through connecting with local self-organized farming communities.
García-Dory’s work takes place in the framework of (Un)usual Business, Casco’s long-term research project that explores "community economies". García-Dory is also a core tutor for the fifth edition of Publishing Class, Casco’s curriculum for the Dutch Art Institute.
Irregular updates about García-Dory’s research will be shared on this webpage and through Casco’s e-mailings.
Fernando García-Dory (b. Madrid, 1978)
Drawing on his studies in art, sociology, and agroecology, Fernando García-Dory’s practice confronts cultural conditions under post-Fordism. García-Dory studied Fine Art and Rural Sociology in Madrid and is currently working toward a PhD at the Institute of Sociology and Peasant Students at the University of Andalusia, Spain. In rethinking the role of the artist as a producer of living culture, García-Dory aims to address how humans relate to nature within the multifaceted context of landscape, rurality, identity, crisis, and utopia. His work addresses conflict and cooperation from microorganisms to social systems through expanded sculpture, collaborative agroecological projects, actions, and cooperatives. García-Dory often develops his work in concert with arts institutions and exhibition spaces such as Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory (2014), Tensta konsthall (2014), Arts Maebashi Japan (2014), Documenta 13 (2012), Museo Reina Sofia (2010), and Grizedale Arts (since 2007). He received the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change by Creative Time, New York in 2012 and was a finalist for the Rolex Awards in 2010. He is a trustee of the World Alliance of the Mobile Indigenous Peoples, an organization with which he has been involved since 2007. He is also co-initiator of the project Elemental School of Crafts in Mallorca and in the mountains of Northern Spain, where INLAND headquarters are to be set. García-Dory divides his time between Madrid and Mallorca.
The Artist at Work program was conceived in 2013 as a hosting structure for artists to work closely with the Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory team and associated communities for extended periods. Along with Casco’s artist-led projects, the program allows for the development of meaningful and long-term relationships. Our former Artists at Work are London-based artist Christian Nyampeta (2012-2013) and Amsterdam-based artist Aimée Zito Lema (2013-2014).