The first solo exhibition of Liliana Porter at Baginski, Galeria / Projectos also represents the first time her work, with a career extending for more than forty years, is shown in Portugal. Recent production is presented, from installation, to photography and prints, recurring in Porter's particular universe of reference, resulting from the appropriation of elements from the so-called low-culture of mass production, as well as the persistent subversion of conventions, whether being disciplinary or of the coordinates that regulate human experience.
Liliana Porter summons a heterogeneous ensemble of images and artifacts, such as toys, miniatures, vintage and kitsch objects, art reproductions, representations of religious, historical, political and cartoon related characters, among others, exploring its ideological contexts or its self-referential literality. This cast of characters appears in two different manners: alone, recurring in overwhelming tasks given its miniature scale; or in dialogues with a homologous character of a diverse kind, highlighting the differences between the two counterparts. In each case, the silenced aspect of the presented situations transfer to the viewer the role of interpreting them, whether the purpose of the task, or the translation of the dialogue's content.
In some works, the notion of Time's linearity is at stake, object of an active deconstruction. The interlocking of different temporalities within a given image, materializes ambiguous chronologies where Time is shaped and reordered, allowing the migration between the physical present, experienced by the viewer, and the analepsis/prolepsis movements promoted by the photographic medium. Even the subversion of the disciplinary fields, such as the defying of printmaking repruducibility, or exploring photography's expectation of objective documentation, provides conflicting moments between virtual and physical space, between representation, illusion and reality.
Liliana Porter was born in Argentina, 1941, living and working in New York, since 1964.
With a career spanning for over than forty years, Liliana Porter develops her work through diverse range of resources, from conceptual committed practices, to installations, printmaking, collage pieces on canvas, photography, video, and public art projects, and other hybrid media.
"Recent Works" is Liliana Porter's first exhibition at Baginski, Galeria / Projectos, as well as the first time her work is presented in Portugal.
Her work has been shown internationally and is represented in many public and private collections, among them: TATE Modern Collection, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela; Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA; La Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France; The New York Public Library, USA; Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Colombia; Blanton Museum, Austin, USA; Museo del Barrio, New York, USA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, USA; The Bronx Museum for the Arts, New York, USA; Museo Tamayo, México City, Mexico; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Daros Collection Zurich, Switzerland; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina ; Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.