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August 30, 2017 - December 10, 2017
Special thanks to Tony Ulloa, Casa Serena Collection, for the loan of works to this exhibition.
María Martínez-Cañas is a photographer who works beyond the limits of the camera. Conceptually driven, she dissects, collages, digitally manipulates, erases, and recombines images, resulting in a range of forms that includes: photomontage, camera-less photograms, sculptural installation, and archival research. Each series reveals a different facet of her worldview. Leaving Cuba as an infant, raised in Puerto Rico, and educated in Philadelphia and Chicago, Martínez-Cañas’ life has been infused–via family memory and imagination–with a distinctly Cuban culture dislocated from the island itself. Photography, for her, participates in a similar sense of displacement, fragmentation, and mapping. “I describe myself as a photo-based artist. I work with the medium of photography, but I always challenge the notion of what I want photography to be.” She explains, “…With my photographs, I have tried to reinvent the past. [They are] a never ending chain from the past to the present.”
LUAG began collecting Martínez-Cañas’ work in 1986. Since that time, the museum has acquired numerous pieces representing many of her series and conceptual ventures. This exhibition presents a survey of collected works, offering a glimpse into one artist’s evolving relationship to the idea of photography.
This exhibition is part of Lehigh Valley Photography Month, November 2017, and the InVision Festival, November 3-5.
Visit María Martínez-Cañas’ website to learn more. Click here.