November 15, 2012Exhibition Period
November 15, 2012 to November 18, 2012
Galeria Pilar is delighted to announce CENSORED/CENSURADOS, a solo show by Milagros de la Torre at the Pinta Art Fair 2012.
The project was undertaken in the library of the University of Salamanca in Spain. CENSORED concentrates its attention on books which were suppressed by the Spanish Inquisition, dating from the fifteenth century until the tribunal was dissolved in the eighteenth century.
Images of subtle colors and a level of tense aggression and subdued violence: the elegant beige of the cotton paper contrasts with the intense black of the suppressed passages. From a distance the photographs could be mistaken for expressionist paintings owing to the implicit gesture contained in each one of them, but a closer inspection unveils almost indecipherable texts effaced by various techniques. Thus creating a new undefined set of appearances, which seem concealed, withheld, silenced and restrained but reveal themselves as coded messages to be decrypted.
Born in Lima, Peru, Milagros de la Torre is one of the foremost conceptual photographers active today. Her images often project an eerie beauty and visual seduction that precedes their thoughtful, and at times haunting, proposal. An influential Latin American contemporary artist working with photography since 1991, she received a B.A. (Hons) in Photographic Arts from the London College of Printing. Her first solo exhibition, was presented at the Palais de Tokyo, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, as part of ‘Under the Black Sun’ project.
After a residency grant from the Cite des Arts, Paris (1995), she received the Rockefeller Foundation Artist Grant and was awarded the Romeo Martinez Photography Prize and the Young lberoamerican Creators Prize in 1996. In 2003, she published the artist’s book Troubles de la Vue (Paris: Ed. Toluca). She received the Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts, Photography in 2011.
Her work is featured in some of the most important reference art books dealing with contemporary Latin American Art and is part of permanent museum collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Yale University, New York; The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence; F.N.A.C., Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; The Essex Collection of Latin American Art, United Kingdom; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico D.E., Mexico; Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru; Museo Nacional de BeIlas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina among others.
A monograph that will gather some of her most striking and compelling work, designed by Toluca Editions and published by RM Editorial, Mexico/Barcelona, will be soon distributed by D.A.P. in the United States.