Constelaciones de lo intangible

The work of Luis Gonzalez Palma is fundamental to understand the panorama of Latin American photography in the 1990s.

Identity and memory, the axes of his early works, are approached from the portrait with persistent echoes of religious painting, baroque and pre-Raphaelite.

The work included in this exhibition is a reflection on the gaze that questions history and the human condition, the construction of stereotypes and the need to dismantle them: “Every gaze is political and all artistic production must be subject to this judgment. The gaze as power”, according to the author. Other themes that run through his work are introspection, intimacy and the representation of what is not visible: “What is not seen when one looks, what is not said when one speaks”.

Luís González Palma 

Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala

After finishing his degree in architecture, his interest in art, painting and photography led him to train more intensely in these fields and to come into contact with other Guatemalan artists. In 1987, he participated in the creation of Imaginaria, a gallery in La Antigua that welcomed the dissident voices of his country’s art. Later, in the late nineties, he was part of the founding group of Colloquia, an initiative aimed at the debate, promotion and dissemination of contemporary art in Guatemala. After several stays in Europe and upon his return to Guatemala in 1998, in 2001 he moved to Córdoba, Argentina, where he began to collaborate on several projects with Graciela de Oliveira.

From his first exhibitions in Central America, the U.S. and Europe to the present day, his work has been fundamental to understanding Latin American photography, especially during the 1990s, a decade in which the limits of photography were questioned and the mestizo grammars, which until then had been more neglected by the visual arts, acquired special relevance. Among his countless solo exhibitions are those held at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Lannan Foundation, The Australian Centre for Photography, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, The Royal Festival Hall in London, the Palazzo Ducale di Genova, the MACRO and Castagnino Museums in Rosario, Argentina. He also participated in numerous international festivals such as the Houston Photofest and Les Rencontres de Arles in France. Luis González Palma represented his country at the 51st edition of the Venice Biennale. 

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Curated by: Alejandro Castellote and Laura Ramón Brogeras