Part of youThu, 17/11/2011 - 20:00 - Fri, 06/01/2012 - 20:00 María Zarazúa
"María Zarazúa is a photographer and a part-time twin collector. For several years she has focused on finding and convincing sets of twins to pose before her camera. And what at first might have been a temporary inquiry has evolved into a kind of company that, as always dealing with artists, borders on obsession.
The way she has evolved during the presentation of this collection of portraits is underlining its commitment to move beyond the anecdotes above named. Diptychs have been chosen to maintain the duality that characterizes its protagonists.
The left side of the diptych is a typological record, framed in a rigorous American plane that transforms the characters into modern caryatids.
These images also evoke the hieratic poses from the nineteenth-century studio portraits, but the echoes of the gardens of Versailles that proliferated in the nineteenth century have been replaced with the sublimation of everyday contemporary spaces. The domestic code that provides the background subtly adds to the clothes that María chooses for her characters.
In some cases, mimicry that arises between the decoration of the walls, patterns and colors of the costumes gives the pictures a pop abstraction characteristic, reducing reality to a two-dimensional surface.
However, the subtle choreography in each shot meticulously unfolds, a kind of taxonomic catalog, that seems to invite the viewer to resolve the similarities and differences exhibited by the protagonists"