sumie garcía hirata (mexico city, 1986) is a mexican artist of japanese descent who, in her practice, transitions between still and moving images, exploring landscape as a space where memory inhabits. based on this idea, garcía creates works that convey the contradiction seen in landscapes: on the one hand, they are fragile due to their flaws, folds, and fractures, but on the other hand, they possess an overwhelming force that defines them.
graduating summa cum laude from savannah college of art and design with a degree in fine arts specialising in film directing (bfa, 2011), garcía’s work as a visual artist has been recognised in exhibitions across the world like the zuecca project space spazio ridotto for the venice architecture biennale (2018). she has received the fonca young creators scholarship on two occasions, in 2015-2016 and 2017-2018, and is currently part of the national system of art creators (snca).
garcía’s documentary relato familiar has been recognised as “best documentary short film” at the morelia international film festival and nominated for ariel 2018 by the mexican academy of cinematographic arts and sciences. in 2023, she presented her latest documentary, yūrei, which addresses the veiled history of japanese mexicans and the enduring impact of historical silence on their descendants.