Dora Garcia
Books are bodies (they can be dismembered)

On Reconciliation presentation of archive of letters Heidegger-Arendt 2016 E-Werk Freiburg Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Books are Bodies (they can be dismembered) is artist Dora Garcia’s new work, designed for the spaces of the Biblioteca Casanatense in Rome. 

The project consists of an exhibition, two performances as well as a reading group, and develops a reflection on the notion of censorship and its implications.

Garcia worked on a selection of censored, erased, dismembered books from the collection of the Biblioteca Casanatense: tracing their connections and reconstructing their silenced histories, the artist analyzed the potential subversion that was recognized within the texts.


The Hearing Voices Café Manifestation “Illness as Metaphor”, Hamburg, 2011 photographer: Jann Wilken

The installation focuses specifically on the volume “Apocalypsis Nova,” written by Blessed Amadeo da Silva at the site of the apostle Peter’s martyrdom, the Tempietto del Bramante, now part of the Real Academia de España en Roma. The text, which will be shown in some exquisite manuscript copies, bore witness to a frightening change of the times and was censured for its prophetic visions. Taking inspiration from the events related to this work born in the late 15th century, Garcia puts together a complex narrative, made of bodies and voices, people and books, that winds through various places in the city, linking the spaces of the Casanatense library to those of the Spanish Academy.

The program includes: 

. Sept. 7 | 6.30 pmOpening of the installation at the Salone Monumentale of the Biblioteca Casanatense and introduction by Dora Garcia. The exhibition can be visited until 28 September, from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 2 pm. The entrance is free.

. Sept. 21 | 6 pm – Introduction to the project by the artist and reading group at the Tempietto del Bramante, Real Academia de España en Roma.

. Sept. 28 | 6.30 pm – Performance in the Salone Monumentale, with the participation of Maria Elena Fantoni and Brianda Carreras. Finissage of the exhibition at the Biblioteca Casanatense. 


Presentation of archives at the exhibition “If I Could Wish for Something” Fotogalleriet, Oslo, 2021 Foto: JULIE HRNČÍŘOVÁ

The Joycean Society film, 2013, 54 min film still