Human beings, in their privacy and vital conditions,
are shown here through a language that, according
to the photographer, "turns from the documentary
code to the emotional subjectivity".
what seduces Paz Errázuriz' lens. We see
circus performers, psychiatric patients, naked
old people, or the last survivors of the kawesqar
tribe. They´ve all been in front of her
camera, building black and white series that capture
their essence as persons.
Réplicas y sombras, Fotografía de
Paz Errázuriz" (Replicas and shadows.
The pictures of Paz Errázuriz) is the title
of the exhibit open until October the 3rd at the
Art Hall of Fundación Telefónica,
with a selection of her work of the last twenty
years. There´s also an installation with
pictures of graves from all over Chile, which
is part of an editorial project. A book of her
work has just been published, with texts written
by Arts critic Nelly Richard, journalist Claudia
Donoso and historian Gonzalo Leiva.
—How do you
chose the worlds you photograph?
—I believe they all have the same channel. There´s
a formal and visual difference, but the base is
always the same. It has to do with the posture
one has towards life. Each work has its own shape,
its own history, some are more urban and some
are more distant. But it is always about what´s
not at the spotlight nor at power´s core.
—Do you have
any special method when working in these worlds?
—I´m not an anthropologist, but I do use
several methods. It has to do with using informers,
with the introduction I do of my work and the
way I communicate with people.
your attitude when working? Do you have a specific
aim or are you open to whatever it comes?
—The process is always complex, it has several
stages, some close and some more distant, some
more technical and some more emotional. It changes.
—What do you
feel it happens with your pictures?
—I never think of who looks
at my work. I work for myself. In this exhibit,
which has been visited by a lot of people, I´m
surprised of how warm people are, the things they
tell me, and what they write. I believe that what
people have is a chance of seeing something that
was previously banned, and that is now shown through
my pictures. I feel like an interpreter.
—How did you get to photography?
—I´ve always been a photographer. I wanted
to study Art, but my parents would not let me,
so I was a school teacher for six years. When
I was working with children I started doing photos.
I´ve been completely self-taught.
—Which are your current
projects and challenges?
—Mi big challenge now is the book that has just
been published, which is an anthology, a professional
need. Mi ambition is to edit a book of a work-in-progress,
called Memento Mori, and which collects pictures
y sombras, Fotografía Paz Errázuriz"
Telefónica (Providencia 111, Santiago)
July 1ST to October 3RD
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am —20 pm.
Free of charge.