Gabriela García-Luna is a photo-based artist born in Mexico City, living in Canada, and traveling to India since 2000. García-Luna’s work explores the paradoxical possibilities inherent to photography; showing the seen and revealing the unseen. Her work takes place where the lines between apparent documented reality and imaginary abstractions meet.
Since 1999 the García-Luna has experimented using photography in her work in a wide range of forms. Her photographic, photo-based and installation work are the result of the subjects chosen by her transitory personal experiences in combination with her constant enquiry about the nature of perception and concepts of reality. Her instinctive and refined appreciation of the photographic images in her work elicits a hybrid visual language in constant evolution.
Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, Canada and India: Summa, Museo del Carmen, Mexico City (2003), Vulnerables, Galería Arte Alterno, Oaxaca, Mexico (2004), Speak/Memory, Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, Canada (2009), MIND THE GAP! Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada & Art Gallery of Ottawa, Canada (2010-12), Pensive Space, MJM&AG, Canada (2014), Whitescapes, Estevan Art Gallery, Canada (2015), Talking with Walls, Kashi Art Gallery, India, 2015.
García-Luna has received several prizes and awards such as First Prize in Photography in the Guadalajara Omnilife Grand Prize 2001, Mexico and in 2002 the First Prize in Photography in the Querétaro Libertad Third Art Contest, Mexico. In 2003 García-Luna received a photographic project grant for The Banff Centre, through FONCA (National Foundation for Culture and Art Fellowship – Mexico) and in 2007 was the recipient of an Artist in Residency grant at La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City, through FONCA/CALQ (Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec), to realize an installation work. In 2010 she received an Independent Artist Grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board to realize a photo-based project, and in 2011 was the recipient of a grant through FONCA, Mexico and The Banff Centre, Canada to develop a photographic project at The Banff Centre.
Her work is part of OMNILIFE Collection and Gobierno del Estado de Querétaro, Mexico, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery among others.
GABRIELA GARCIA-LUNA. Yunnan Back Road, 2011. Pigment print on paper, 28 x 28'