For our final FotoFika of 2020, Assistant Professor, Jonathan Molina-Garcia from VCUarts will join us. Molina-Garcia was already using hybrid teaching/critique strategies in his classroom even before COVID 19 and has since incorporated innovative remote teaching and student focused engagement at both the grad and undergraduate level.
Jonathan Molina-Garcia is an assistant professor of Photography + Film. He is a Salvadoran-American, photo-based media artist whose projects are committed to experiments in radical sharing, as a practice of both material exchanges and social communing. A citizen of the third world and an American DREAMER, his work examines various zones of conflict at the intersection of national and sexual identity, counterfeiting new criminal identities under the aegis of experimental technology and mechanical media. Heavily grounded in processes of collage, his mediums of interest also include time-based actions: performance art and video; book-making and labor crafts. His exhibitions include a solo presentation of the Bethesda Brotherhood at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, and “Looms” at Sweet Pass Sculpture Park in Dallas. He is the recipient of the 2018 Nasher Microgrant and has been awarded various other developmental grants from organizations including the artist-run space Art Tooth, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Dallas Museum of Art. He earned his MFA in photography from the California Institute of the Arts, and graduated with dual bachelor’s degrees in photography and art history from the University of North Texas.