© Paz Errázuriz, 2022
Throughout her extensive career, Paz Errázuriz has demonstrated her appreciation for bodies that do not fit the dominant aesthetic canons, and for elderly people in terms of their condition as people who are marginalized and rejected by society. These motifs are joined in the series Antesala de un desnudo [Antechamber of a Nude], a project for which she returned to the world of psychiatric institutions that she had portrayed years before in El infarto del alma [The Heart Attack of the Soul] (1994).
In Mujeres VI [Women VI] a group of naked women patiently wait their turn for the showers. This daily scenario is chosen to underline the indignity and cruelty the patients at these centers are subjected to. The space is portrayed as gloomy with dirty walls and floors and the bodies of the elderly women brush up against one another, inevitably reminiscent of some of the most terrible episodes in the history of the 20th century. Due to the violence represented, the artist initially did not want to show the fifteen photographs that make up this series. Nevertheless, in time she felt it was her duty to present this crude reality. Shortly after, thanks to the images, significant improvements were made at the institution where she had taken the photographs.