Luis Poirot. Where is photography? 1964-2017

From November 23th until February 23rd, it will be available the exposition of the distinguished Chilean photographer Luis Poirot in Sala Norte, first floor of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

During 53 years, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile performed an extensive work of research and selection of the photography archives of Luis Poirot, with the engagement of the Corporación Cultural of Cámara Chilena de la Construcción. Lead by María de la Luz Hurtado, researcher of the theatre school of the UC university, four documentaries were made that will be launched on January 6th in MNBA (Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts), and will be broadcast through Canal 13 Cable Channel.

Philippe Blanc, María José Concha and Miguel Luis Lagos were in charge of the museographical design of the exhibition, where unpublished works are put on discussion along with other well-known of the artist, tales and revealed concepts in more than forty thousand black and white negatives. “The memory of my file is only in my mind. On this moment I am being that tribe’s wizard that is transmitting orally: the tale has to be transmitted while I am able to do so and be belonged to others for being passed on the collective memory”, tells Peirot to explain his necessity of saving and preserving it, as he did on 1973 when he went into exile for twelve years, sharing his negatives out among his friends so they can saved them of the destruction threat received on first days of the military regime.

Light, search, memory, subversion, uncertainty, distress and hope are words that are retired in those truly narrative rituals that were performed to find the memory that blankets every single register. The exhibition is organized into four axes: History and nature violence, spelling to time, death and life: among horror and light and The Great Theater of the World.

Portraits of prominent persons on social, political and cultural aspect, just like theatricals and dramatics scenes captured in parks, prisons, churches, factories and houses converge in exhibition that also involve the artist’s sight from his experience as theater and photographic director, between 60s and 90s.


“I came from the theater and not from Bellas Artes and his recent aesthetic theories. My photos don’t require previous explanations or instruction manual to be seen. As the poetry and music simply require open a window that allows you to freely imagine or remember, towards senses and not the crippling logic”, tells Poirot.

Most of these photographs are important in the history of the Chilean theater. Some of them were made by characterized actors and posing out of the stage, in other contexts, like the photographer were looking for a conceptual portrait of the actor and the character. Likewise, Periot proves some destroyed or damaged buildings by the passage of time like if they were stages, emphasizing the drama of those structures.



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