University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) present Paz Errazuriz / MATRIX 251
The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) present Paz Errazuriz / MATRIX 251 on January 17–March 30, 2014.
Chilean photographer Paz Errázuriz, who has been living and working in Santiago since the 1960s, is known for her honest portrayal of people living on the fringes of society. This presentation, her first solo museum exhibition in the U.S., showcases selections from two bodies of work made during the brutal military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, which lasted from 1973 to 1990.
From 1982 to 1987, Errázuriz documented the daily lives of a dozen male transvestites who worked in various brothels in the cities of Santiago and Talca. Enshrouded in silence and having suffered in a secret, violent world, the men welcomed Errázuriz’s camera, and wanted their stories to be told. The resulting series “La manzana de Adán” (1982–87) was originally exhibited just before the Pinochet regime toppled in 1990, and shortly thereafter an accompanying book was published in collaboration with journalist Claudia Donoso. In Boxeadores (1987), Errázuriz turns her camera to a different group of men: boxers who fought in neighborhood gymnasiums. Her moving portraits of young men, all shot isolated against a wall, reveal a masculinity defined by sport, but also rooted in a particular community and social space.
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