Thursday, April 19th 7:00PM
Book Presentation and Signing with Photographer
MAuricio toro goya
In conversation with BÁrbara Oettinger searle
"[...] In all the work of Toro Goya we face a visual syllabary insistently repeated, as if we were embedded in a passage of the subhuman. And then we wonder, who can contain these images, who has the right to endorse the ordeal as a method of atonement. The stagings are much more than mere scenery, especially living immersed in a society of the spectacle, where reality surpasses undoubtedly the fiction. [...]" Andrea Josch, Whims: rebel images, 2015.
"[...] The role in the material condition of photography in Toro Goya facilitates the distinction between image and medium. This distinction is of main importance if we consider that we are submerged in a digital culture that has made us forget the specific source of the images. Taking into account this aspect inherent to the visual reception, the photographs in this case produce an unsettling sense while tying contemporary iconographic elements and an old photographic body. [...]" Paula Honorato, Whims that make time skake, 2015.
Mauricio Toro Goya was born in Chile in 1970. From 1999, Toro Goya maintained contact with the renowned photographer Sergio Larraín, who became a key influence in the development of his work. After five years of photographic research on nineteenth-century photographic techniques, in 2010 Toro Goya traveled to Mexico, where he perfected the ambrotype process with the anthropologist and photographer Waldemaro Concha (1959-).Toro Goya has presented his work in several solo and group exhibitions including: National Museum of Fine Arts (Chile), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chile), National Museum of Fine Arts Neuquén (Argentina), Diego Rivera Museum (Mexico), Manuel Álvarez Bravo Photographic Center (Mexico), Museum of Contemporary Art, Oaxaca (Mexico), City University of New York (CUNY), and Photographic Center of Montevideo (Uruguay). Toro Goya was awarded the Fondart scholarship in Chile and the Conaculta Scholarship in Mexico. In 2014 and 2016 he was nominated for the prestigious Magnum Photos Foundation scholarship. And in 2016 and 2018, he wasselected by the New York Times for the New York Annual Portfolio Review.
Bárbara Oettinger (Santiago, Chile, 1981) has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Chile and a Master of Arts degree from the Catholic University of Chile. She has participated in various exhibitions and screenings in cultural centers, galleries and museums in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, U.S., India, Indonesia, Ukraine, Slovenia, Spain, France, Portugal, Korea and Taiwan.