Masks and Other Fictions



The exhibition “Look at Me” examines portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos shape a labyrinth of gazes that invite spectators to reflect themselves in the social mirror of portraits.

Through the exhibition we are sharing about the artists and sections in “Look At Me!”. The third section is “Masks and Other Fictions”.

Masks determine facial features in unique and specific images, from which we may infer that all portraits are masks; the difference lies in the fact that they reduce faces to archetypes, replacing individual traits.


Furthermore, masks always conceal faces while providing them with a new image, sometimes the only one that is projected and socially recognized. Jean-Michel Basquiat depicts the black mask with which he has been identified in a racist society, and Jorge Galindo turns to collage to dramatize the artifice of a female archetype. Masks are undoubtedly conveyors of fiction and in photographs they can easily hide traps: the four views by Sharon Lockhart deceive our perception in a markedly Hyper-realistic scene.

Our Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions in The ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection exhibition can be visited until March 4! During the exhibition we will be sharing more about the artists and sections at the exhibition. Stay tuned!

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