Mario Garcia Torres: Tea
Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels/Mexico City
Tea is a poetic documentation of Mexican artist Mario Garcia Torres’ journey to the legendary One Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan—run by Italian conceptual artist Alighiero Boetti in the 1970s. During Torres’ journey, he examines the relationship between himself and Boetti, seeing their roles switching between guest and host as he arrives at the hotel long after Boetti has left. Notions of time and location become blurred as Torres ponders the distance between Mexico and Afghanistan, and the idea of returning to a place while also visiting it for the first time.
Mario Garcia Torres is an artist based in Mexico City. His work has been shown internationally, including at Tate Modern in London, Jeu de Paume in Paris and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico. His most recent group exhibitions were the 52nd Venice Biennale and Documenta 13.