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María Martínez-Cañas

August 30, 2017 - December 10, 2017

Photograph by María Martínez-Cañas
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.

Related Events

 October 20: Gallery conversation with the artist, 6PM.


Also of interest

Exhibition: The Drawings of Wifredo Lam: 1940-1955.  August 30-December 10, 2017.
September 21: Juan Castillo Vázquez on Wifredo Lam, 4:10 PM.
November 9: Lowery Stokes Sims on Wifredo Lam, 6PM.


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