Marta María Pérez Bravo

Galería Luis Adelantado | Valencia

Marta María Pérez Bravo’s recent solo show was her largest ever in Spain: over fifty of her austere photographs, taken from the mid-’80s through 1997, were dispersed throughout the gallery’s four floors. The earliest works by this Cuban artist based in Mexico deal with maternity, as in a series of five photographs entitled Para concebir (In order to conceive, 1985-86). These unembellished images of various parts of the artist’s own body include closeups of her abdomen during and after pregnancy. The latter shot, in which her belly is withered and covered with wrinkles and folds, is given added resonance by two small toy effigies that refer to her twin daughters. These figurines appear in other images as well, such as Miedo a la muerte (Fear of death, 1988), Bultos paralelos (Parallel shapes, 199o), Tres lyawos (Three initiates, 1992), and No vi con mis propios ojos (I did not see with my

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