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© Paz Errázuriz, 2022
Paz Errázuriz frequently focuses on segments of the population that are at the margins of the official discourse. Along with the series La manzana de Adán [Adam’s apple], in which she brings us closer to the reality of a group of transgender people in Santiago and Talca during the Chilean dictatorship, Boxeadores [Boxers] is one of the photographer’s best known works. To enter the universe of boxing, Errázuriz attempted to access the Club México de Santiago, but women were forbidden entry. Finally, in 1987 she was able to move on with the project thanks to the support of the Chilean Boxing Federation.
The images that comprise this series, like Boxeadores VI, are frontal portraits where, far from flaunting their bodies and trophies, the athletes appear in a passive stance. Errázuriz tried to portray the boxers’ vulnerability, beyond the image of virility that is normally associated with this sport. Thus, she managed to enter the world of men in order to display the fragility of their bodies and the individuality of each man portrayed. Years later, in 2002, the author would continue her research on combat sports with the series Luchadores del ring [Ring fighters].