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Paz Errázuriz

A poetics of the human

Paz Errázuriz began her career as an autodidact under Pinochet’s dictatorship in the 1970s. Co-founder of the Independent Photographer’s Association (AFI), she used black and white portraits to denounce the dictator, as well as the social dictates which condemned individuals and groups to a marginalisation that rendered them invisible. From the beginning, her work, which is in the social documentary genre, expressed a creative energy, and an insatiable curiosity for the human race. Her works broke many of the taboos of the society deprived of liberty that Chili was before the restoration of democracy. In her militant photography, Paz Errázuriz shows Chili’s troubled past, and exhaustively explores her country, making visible what society failed to see. Both chronological and thematic, the exhibition brings together around 150 prints from the 1970s to today.

Exhibition curator: Juan Vicente Aliaga.
Exhibition organized by the Fundación MAPFRE, in collaboration with the Jeu de Paume and the Rencontres d’Arles.
Publication: Paz Errázuriz, Aperture/Fundación MAPFRE, 2016.
With support from Nespresso.
Exhibition venue: Atelier de la Mécanique, Parc des Ateliers.