Exhibition: Dora García – These books were Alive; they spoke to me! 03 Feb

After a successful launch event last night, These books were alive; they spoke to me! by Barcelona-based artist, Dora García is now open to the public. García’s exhibition, which is her first institutional solo show in the UK, will also coincide with the 20th annual Leeds International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair taking place at The Tetley in March 2017.


García’s show will provide a retrospective look at her career-long production of book editions, book sculptures, and other printed matter, and the ongoing connection within her practice to the broader tropes of popular literature, theatre and film. For These books were alive; they spoke to me!, García will stage a new iteration of several ongoing performance works stemming from texts written by herself and by others following a set of protocols, or utilising and responding to iconic literary texts such as James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.

‘These books were alive; they spoke to me,’ is a quote from François Truffaut’s 1966 dystopic cult film Fahrenheit 451 (based on Ray Bradbury’s novel of the same name). This literary reference opens up a framework for the exhibition and the expanded programme, which features books about performance, and performances about books.



Saturday 4 February – Launch Weekend
– Ongoing performances from 10 am to 5 pm
1 pm – Performance
4 pm – Rehearsal / Retrospective
Sunday 5 February – Launch Weekend
– Ongoing performances from 10 am to 4 pm
From Monday 6 February – Sunday 23 April
Ongoing performances daily 11 am to 3 pm
Every Saturday at 3 pm Performance



Finnegans Wake Reading
Friday 3 February, 5-6.30pm

Join artist Dora García and the Leeds’ Finnegans Wake Reading Group for a collective reading of James Joyce’s classic. Please email reception@thetetley.org to reserve a place. No special skills needed other than a love for this text. If you need to borrow a copy of the text, please let our reception team know in advance.

Performance & Uncertainty Symposium
Saturday 4 February, FREE.

This symposium brings together Dora García, Rana Hamadeh, Corin Sworn, Casey Orr, Harold Offeh & Kiff Bamford, to discuss the role of re-performance, authenticity and the changing role of the artist’s body. Developed by the Leeds Beckett University. BOOK HERE

Wednesday Lates: David Steans – Crime World
Wednesday 29 March, 6-8pm. Free, all welcome Visitor discretion is advised.

Responding to Dora García’s exhibition of performance and books, artist David Steans presents and evening of new art works inspired by the controversial 1990′s publishing press Crime World. Please note, visitor discretion is advised.

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