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VCUarts Faculty Lecture Series: Rocks are Magic

September 14, 2021 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm free


601 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
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Rocks are Magic: Deep Time Fables

Jonathan Molina-Garcia, Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Futures

September 14, 2021, 5:30pm-6:30pm

A cross-over lecture for the geology-philosopher or artist-in-delirium, Rocks are Magic journeys through surrealistic narratives of the earth and its biggest threat, anthropocentric capitalism. In light of the many ongoing spectacles of settler colonialism seen at home and abroad, the lecture articulates a vision of resistance possessed by nature’s mutest subjects: the mineral, the vegetable, and the animal.

Join us at the ICA or register online to watch the live stream.


Jonathan Molina-Garcia is a Salvodoran- American, photo-based media artist. A citizen of the third world and an American DREAMER, his work aspires to the combustion of hyphenated identities; an identity politics of the bewitching criminal and mad scientist undergirds his photographic counterfeits.

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 constructs assemblages of fiction, cultural criticism, and queer-critical-race theory to reanimate the dead (ancient knowledge and brown ghosts).

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. He is currently Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Futures at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Previous lectures in the series may be viewed here