Liliana Porter

Liliana Porter


July 15 – August 27, 2000

This exhibition contains black-and-white and Cibachrome photographs selected from the years 1995 through 2000. Some include collage or assemblage. They present toys, figurines, and objects taken from popular culture standing in isolated empty spaces.

Sometimes I create dialogues among them, theatrical situations. The characters act as recipients of our subjectivity. They seem not to understand, they are in a lonely space, and in a state of perplexity.
The subjects presented in these photographs are
the nature of representation itself
the displacement of context constructing new meanings
the overlapping of times and origins
the hybridization of categories
the role of the viewer

The “characters” in Liliana Porter’s photographs appear either alone, in pairs, or in small groups, but they always hold silent conversations… Her images are deprived of action. The characters just stand there staring at us. But this apparent lack of activity is replaced by “monologues” and “dialogues.” The “ dumb” figures tap on our memories and succeed in connecting our past and our present. Childhood innocence and vulnerable appearances fight against the seriousness and gravity transmitted by the images from their solitude – when alone – or against the irony of the imaginary talk that we spectators make them have or the imaginary relations that we create between them based on their appearance, on their contrast, or on the memory they bring us.

 As explained by Ana Tiscornia: “ [It is] a scene that takes place almost out of the scene itself, in the mind of the observer.” True, these characters never stop talking to us, tapping on our lost memories, asking subtle questions about heaven or earth. The images and characters of Liliana Porter come alive deep down inside us.

– Alberto Martin, catalog statement from Galeria Espacio Minimo

LILIANA PORTER was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 1964 she has resided in New York City. Porter is a printmaker, painter, photographer, and filmmaker. She is a tenured art professor at Queens College, NY. She has had solo exhibitions in the US, Columbia, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Argentina, Poland, Mexico, Cuba, and Canada; and group shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and Thread Waxing Space, all in NYC. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Mid Atlantic/ National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Her prints are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, and the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City.