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© Paz Errázuriz, 2022
Paz Errázuriz’s interest in human realities found in the periphery of society and in singular subjects has led her to study blindness, among other subjects. Obsessively present throughout all the stages of the photographer’s extensive career, her study of this motif culminated in the 2019 publication of the book Ojos que no ven [Look Not With the Eyes]. Recent photographs made specifically for the book are included as well as works from the artist’s archive. The project tries to delve into the meaning of the gaze, its relationship with photography and its link to science. The publication includes texts by biologist Jorge Díaz.
The fourth image of the series is an extreme close-up shot of a blind man who keeps his eyes shut. The model, like all the people portrayed in this project, is aware that he was going to be photographed. For Errázuriz it is fundamental that the people being portrayed by her camera understand her work. For this reason, she always establishes a dialog with them that is in some way evident in the images. The ensemble of photographs presents a reflection on what sight means in contemporary society, a society that bases its knowledge on vision and perception.