Magazine article Artforum International

Paz Errazuriz

Magazine article Artforum International

Paz Errazuriz

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ESPACIO MINIMO

The exhibition "Cuerpos" (Bodies) brought together two series of Paz Errazuriz's photographs--"Tango," 1986, and "Cuerpos," 2002--with a nine-minute video piece, El sacrificio, 1989-2001, the only work she has produced in that medium thus far. The Chilean artist early in the 1980s and '90s focused on portraits of people on the margins of society (the insane, the homeless, transvestite prostitutes, boxers, circus people, and so on), and these origins have continued to influence her even as her practice has evolved to encompass subjects more fully integrated into society. "Tango," for instance, shows the faces and stances of couples performing this well-known dance, elegantly dressed figures who are aware of taking part in a ritual at once social and sensual. The closeness oldie paired bodies and the undeniable harmony between partners give the images an erotic quality. The couples in the series have not posed for these portraits, but are unknowingly captured in improvised snapshots.

"Cuerpos" is a series or series of portraits of elderly men and women posing naked, individually or in pairs. These figures display their bodies openly, with a sense of satisfaction and even pride. Their bodies are not chiseled, but rather show the results of corporeal change over time; some of them have surgical scars. Whether distracted or clearly pleased--like one woman wearing just a pearl necklace and a benevolent smile--none of the subjects seem at all concerned about the fact that, though they are all long past the age when they could embody conventional beauty, they are posing nude. …

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