Jonathan Molina-Garcia (b. 1989) is a Salvadoran-American, photo-based media artist.
A citizen of the third world and an American DREAMER, his work aspires to similar combustions of hyphenated identities; an identity politics of the bewitching criminal undergirds his photographic counterfeits, all held together under the banner of experimental technology and mechanical representation (representation: both a portrait and political proxy). His projects are committed to experiments in radical sharing, as a practice of both material exchanges (scavenging socialist economies, channeling the production of the underworld – the dead, the body’s self-consumption) and social communing (creating/inverting families, group kinship, and rays of relation).
Heavily grounded in processes of collage, his mediums of interest also include time-based actions: performance art and video; book-making, craftwork, and writing. As a writer, Molina-Garcia similarly collages fiction, the necropolis, and queer-critical-race theory to reanimate ancient knowledge and the affective character of brown feelings, networks, and our relentlessly loud phantasms.
He holds an MFA degree in Photography+Extended Media from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and graduated with dual degrees in Photography and Art History from the University of North Texas. Recent exhibitions include a solo presentation of the Bethesda Brotherhood at the Lawndale Art Center (Houston), and “Looms” at Sweet Pass Sculpture Park (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 is currently Associate Professor of Photography and Digital Futures at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.