Julia Murillo Solo Show

Curated by Erika Martin

Mirror Stage presents Julia Murillo’s first performative act — Surface—, along with a series of 6 photographs. In it Murillo explores and plays with the notion of what is our true capacity to recognize our physical selves, the disassociation between our mental and real perception of our own body and how our physical body is seen by others. The six photographs exposed exemplify a linear evolution of self awareness beginning with Murillo, in front of a mirror, staring at her naked reflection.

In this body of work the artist is trying to connect and identify with the imago she is confronted with on a daily basis when she sees herself on an external surface —may this be a reflection or a photograph. However, this effort is unresolved, given that the reflection in the mirror is an inverted image of herself, any photographic depiction is also a distortion of the self and she is incapable of seeing herself through anyone else’s eyes. Hence, like the child the imago that is her, does not belong to her.

 The title is constituted by two words that define quite precisely the basic elements of Murillo’s exhibition: mirror and stage. The photographs are a “mirror” that she uses to confront her unknown reflection and establishes a dialogue. The performance act occupies a stage—the gallery—, where the artist exposes herself and confronts yet another “mirror”, the Other

 

In this body of work the artist is trying to connect and identify with the imago she is confronted with on a daily basis when she sees herself on an external surface —may this be a reflection or a photograph. However, this effort is unresolved, given that the reflection in the mirror is an inverted image of herself, any photographic depiction is also a distortion of the self and she is incapable of seeing herself through anyone else’s eyes. Hence, like the child the imago that is her, does not belong to her.

The title is constituted by two words that define quite precisely the basic elements of Murillo’s exhibition: mirror and stage. The photographs are a “mirror” that she uses to confront her unknown reflection and establishes a dialogue. The performance act occupies a stage—the gallery—, where the artist exposes herself and confronts yet another “mirror”, the Other.

Mirror Stage Series. 2017C-Print 12 photographs, 8.5x5.5". Ed 1/6