On this day in 2013, Portraits of Power: Works by Alejandro Almaraz of Argentina opened at the OAS AMA F Street Gallery. The exhibition ran from November 6, 2013-January 31, 2014.
Since 2006, AMA’s F Street gallery has aimed to further promote OAS values of social progress and cultural exchange through the visual arts. Continuing along this path, Almaraz’s examinations of popular authority figures encourages conversation on vital OAS interests such as democracy as the cornerstone of a constructive society, electoral process, and good governance.
Almaraz ’s source material is official portraits of his subject. Each of his works is formed by numerous portraits, layered over one another. These composites, comprised of anywhere between four and 40 translucent images, on one hand demonstrate how varying the ‘truths’ conveyed in a photographic image can be depending on changes in the pose and angle of the sitter, costume and other seemingly small details. At the same time, that the final images are recognizable at all is telling in a whole other sense.