MAC Museum, Chile & Ottawa 2013
La Petite Mort Gallery presents
Resilience / PHOTOGRAPHS
February 7 – March 2, 2013
Vernissage Friday February 7 / 7 – 10pm
In collaboration with Montserrat Rojas Corradi, photography curator @ MAC / Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile / http://www.mac.uchile.cl
& ParqueCultural DeValparaíso, Valparaiso, Chile / http://pcdv.cl / http://vimeo.com/43191352
Resilience is a term used in psychology to establish the ability of individuals and groups to overcome periods of immense emotional pain and trauma experienced in natural, social and emotional situations of disaster.
The photographs of artist Cristobal Traslaviña are resilient, surviving as missing links that remain even through the fleeting twilight of silence. In Traslaviña’s works, the idea of disappearance is seated in the imaginary construction of another’s pain – that of the sitter. What we see are the reflections experienced in small, intimate, and extreme marginal spaces: motels, brothels and feverish territories. The image intercedes with the sides of the world that may have not survived (the removal of resilience). In reading the untold, private stories of these uprooted stars in public space, we feel a kind of loneliness or fear of exclusion, and as such, are reflected back into the image.
The construction of identity taboos in a neoliberal society, focused towards a shallowing, deafening and commodification of the material body, deny any recognition of a deeper socio-sexual thread that lies beneath the surface. Traslaviña works to represent the failed, dark territories, parallel existences and erotic exercise of postmodern societies. The dual view of hostility/welcome requires us to give up the imagined concept of ‘traditional’ society, framing the representation of a possible counter, beyond the provisions of a conservative world where explorations into the ‘intermediate’ are continually denied.
This controlled, visual resilience proposes a distinct, cotemporary mode of voyeurism, creating a fiction that unravels the concept of the ‘traditional’ portrait. Here, the characters off the taboos of themselves, normalizing an everyday sense of a wild sexuality where the author too is immersed in the moment action. Both Traslaviña and that ‘other’ we observe in the image confront us with their histories and intimacies, and as such provide the final moment of interconnected resiliency: that of the author, the protagonist and observer.
Montserrat Rojas Corradi
Emerging Curator Room Photography
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC
Quinta Normal, Santiago, Chile
* The Museum of Contemporary Art –MAC- was funded in Santiago in 1947 and since then it has shown the most ground-breaking exhibitions of contemporary art in the country. Located in Parque Forestal and Quinta Normal parks, MAC’s both venues are national heritage equally in architecture and history.