by Adriana Teresa
Milagros de la Torre was born in Lima, Peru. Her work is featured in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; Yale University, New York, El Museo del Barrio, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Fundacion ARCO, Madrid; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico D.F.; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence; Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.
Photography also fascinates me. It is intimate and revealing, suggestive of a concern for recognizing not only personal, collective memory, but the darker side all human beings carry within themselves. This is done through the discovery of clues and evidence that lead us to observe the inevitable and revealing of human actions.
In ‘Bulletproof’, a project finished in 2008. I propose a very straight forward photographic tactic with an austere chosen documental approach. The garments appear almost as if you were looking at them, experiencing their same size; having the detailed sensation of almost putting them on. The project has been printed on cotton paper which also gives the impression of clothing material. The tonality of the prints is almost black and white, but not quite so. They seem everyday innocent pieces of clothing, normal and common at first sight. Hiding their real purpose, these garments protect those who wear them from fire arms attacks. The fact that the appearances in this case are deceptive creates a tension between the familiar and the unexpected, between violence and abrasive poetry.
These pieces of clothing reflect the different genders, styles and age groups we normally find in our contemporary societies. Not only used by politicians or the rich and famous, bulletproof clothing is being widely adopted by the every day citizens in crime afflicted cities around the world.
These pieces of clothing reflect the different genders, styles and age groups we normally find in our contemporary societies. Bulletproof clothing is being widely adopted by the every day citizens in crime afflicted cities around the world, not only by politicians or the rich and famous,.
Again photography seems to take us ‘somewhere else’. Even though we are looking at images of clothes, inevitably one is intrigued to wonder and decipher the story of the person who would wear such garments along with the dramatic possibility or premonition of their destiny.
Originally published on theNew York Photo Festival blog