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Paz Errázuriz, Untitled, 2002, digital print, 32 1/4 x 24 3/8". From the series “Cuerpos” (Bodies), 2002.

Paz Errázuriz

Galería Espacio Mínimo

Paz Errázuriz, Untitled, 2002, digital print, 32 1/4 x 24 3/8". From the series “Cuerpos” (Bodies), 2002.

The exhibition “Cuerpos” (Bodies) brought together two series of Paz Errázuriz’s photographs—“Tango,” 1986, and “Cuerpos,” 2002—with a nine-minute video piece, El sacrificio, 1989–2001, the only work she has produced in that medium thus far. The Chilean artist early in the 1980s and ’90s focused on portraits of people on the margins of society (the insane, the homeless, transvestite prostitutes, boxers, circus people, and so on), and these origins have continued to influence her even as her practice has evolved to encompass subjects more fully integrated into society. “Tango,” for instance, shows the faces and stances of couples performing this well-known dance, elegantly dressed figures who are aware of taking part in a ritual at once social and sensual. The closeness of the paired bodies and the undeniable harmony between partners give the images an erotic quality.

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