"We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anaïs Nin
Plying the seas of layered meanings and interpretations, El Museo's lastest exhibit, superreal, asks us to reconsider what is “real” in photography and video art. The exhibit takes us into a world as varied and complex as the forty-two artists represented.
While major figures like Miguel Rio Branco, Andres Serrano, and Vik Muniz are included, it is the younger and lesser known artists like Las Hermanas Iglesias that give the show its sparkle. Their series, Nude Suits, created during an artist residency in Tasmania, reminded me how art can be both fun and serious. These hand-knit suits (made by their mother no less) undermine the typical nude photograph while asking us to rethink the nude in nature. Their performance isn’t groundbreaking, but it does engage us to question and wonder. And isn’t that the point?
Superreal is on view until May 19th. With such a marvelous collection of talent on display, head uptown and decide for yourself what’s real, unreal, or superreal. —Lane Nevares