El hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves (Man with Ax and Other Brief Situations) constitutes an innovation in the conception of Liliana Porter’s work. Originally conceived for the MALBA, this site-specific installation is adapted here to one of the MAZ’s galleries. The artist uses the hall as the compositional space of the work itself: a movie-set or variety show atmosphere (such as those Porter has worked with since the 1970s), where various actions provoke “brief situations” acted out by fantastical figures.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1943, Liliana Porter has lived and worked in New York City since 1964. Her work has been exhibited around the world and acquired by various public and private collections. Porter has occupied a key place in Latin American art since the beginnings of conceptual art.
In an unmistakable style, Porter uses a wide ranges of media –sculpture, engraving, works on canvas, photography, video, and installation– to portray extraordinary situations of everyday life in an interplay of the absurd and the philosophical.