We are delighted to announce that Paz Errázuriz's La Manzana de Adán (Adam's Apple) has recently been acquired by The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles Purchase with funds provided by the Drawings and Photography Committee and the Jumex Fund for Contemporary Latin American Art.
The series took almost two decades to resurface at Chile's Venice Biennale pavilion, and they were a highlight of "Another Kind of Life Photography on the Margins" at the Barbican, London and “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985" at the Brooklyn Museum. Shot from 1982-84 the Adam’s Apple series documents the intrepid, hidden realm of prostitution under Augusto Pinochet’s brutal authoritarian dictatorship. The series follows the lives of four transvestite sex workers as they go about their daily lives, be it preparing for a night’s work or finding refuge in their domestic space. With international photojournalism, prostitution and homosexuality illegal under Pinochet, this poetic, tender series is an unprecedented insight into the human narrative under the dictatorship. Errázuriz’s project of documenting this counterculture has seen her commonly dubbed “the woman who defied Pinochet”. Her imagery serves an urgent reminder of the sexual, economic and political imbalances of Chile during the 1980s.
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