Gala Porras-Kim’s work is made through the process of learning about the social and political contexts that influence how intangible things, such as sounds, language and history, have been represented through different methodologies in the fields of linguistics, history and conservation. The work comes from a research-based practice that considers the way people represent forms of communication with objects, codes or a written form, and conversely, how objects can be used to make an official narrative through artifacts. Porras-Kim lives and works in Los Angeles. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia, received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Recent work has been shown at the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A., the Los Angeles Public Art Biennial, The 44th National Salon of Artists in Colombia and at the FRAC Pays de la Loire in France in 2016. She received an Artadia Award and Rema Hort Mann Award in 2017, A Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in 2016, Creative Capital Grant and Tiffany Foundation Award in 2015 and a California Community Foundation Fellowship in 2013.