Elle Pérez: Diablo

1 Jul 2018 – 3 Sep 2018


New York
New York, United States


Travel Information

  • Take the Q67 to Jackson and 46th Aves. Take the B62 to 46th Ave
  • Train - E, M, G and 7

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MoMA PS1 presents the first solo museum exhibition of Bronx-based artist Elle Pérez. Pérez’s photographs distill moments of intimacy and emotional exchange: a bloody hand resting between parted legs; the scar gracing a bare chest; twinned rocks nestled against an outcropping; a friend’s face grazed by sunlight. Emerging from collaborative relationships with their protagonists, Pérez’s images are entangled with the people and scenarios they depict. They meld traditional categories of portraiture, still life, and landscape to explore a diffuse and everyday erotic life; public space is laden with private meaning, while private moments are made deliberately public. Offering degrees of access to these intimate scenes, Pérez underscores the political weight of visibility and, in turn, representation. With a gaze privileging care and particularity over documentary distance, they suggest how an image might reflect, rather than stifle, the shifting nature of identity and desire. Presented alongside photographs made over the past three years, a new collage gathering images and written notes unspools the encounters and affections held within the photographs’ individual frames, creating a circuitous web of past moments.

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