The first solo exhibition in Australia by American photographer and performance artist, Martine Gutierrez, opens at the Australian Centre for Photography on 7 February.
Martine Gutierrez, Diam, 2018. Courtesy of the Artist and Ryan Lee Gallery, New York
California-born and New York-based Martine Gutierrez has worked as a photographer, model, graphic designer, music producer and creative director. In each of her projects, the artist subverts the usual dominant narratives of lifestyle, celebrity and beauty with a self-reflective and non-binary vision of identity – one that is inclusive of mixed heritage and gender diversity. In 2019, Gutierrez was included in Venice Biennale 58 and her work featured on the cover of the January
edition of Artforum. Indigenous Woman (2018) magazine was rated no.38 of The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade by Ben Davis, art critic for ArtNet. Gutierrez was also listed as one of 50 artists in the Artsy Vanguard 2019.
The Australian exhibition, titled Body en thrall, features both photography and moving images. The series eludes to the visual ambiguities of the artist-model’s gaze vis a vis the viewer and the power play between being held captive (in thrall) and the ability to captivate (enthrall). Poised alongside mannequins, in vignettes that perpetuate elite popular culture and luxury consumption, the artist gives rise to her personal revolution as a femme artist of Guatemalan heritage. It opens on 7 February and will run until 24 April 2020. Click here for more information.