Human, raw, committed.
After a visit to the Festival of Arles, the retrospective we are dedicating to the work of Paz Errázuriz comes to the Amparo Museum in Mexico.
Self-taught, her photography grew out of her need to explore these human realities in a non-conventional way. Errázuriz decided to live among them, get to know them and listen to them before photographing them. In some way they also passed through her life and left their mark. The arrival of democracy did not bring an end to her condemnations: an avid feminist, she then decided to focus on female Chilean workers.
Political by nature, always ready to work with uncomfortable and difficult subjects, the work of Paz Errazuriz focuses its attention on those fringes of reality from which we always avert our gaze. As an inheritor of the consequences of the Pinochet dictatorship, the photographer breaks the accepted silence with her work and puts the spotlight on social misfits, those who have been forced into silence, those beyond hope. By concentrating her attention on them, she reminds us of the need to protect and preserve the best in human nature and defend those who are fragile, weak and defenseless. Tramps, the elderly, the mentally ill and persecuted transvestites are among the protagonists in this story of Chile that constructs an alternative narrative to the official one, thereby avoiding convenient forgetfulness.