There's no question that Luis González Palma's
photographs are beautiful. Many of the images in his two shows at the
Art Institute of Boston (one at the school's Main Gallery, the other in
Porter Square) float over grounds of red paper covered in gold leaf.
They are lush, imagistic, and brooding.
Yet all that beauty has a fevered, hallucinatory quality that ultimately feels unanchored.
Born in Guatemala, González Palma is best known for portraits of
indigenous people in his native country. Those images wrestle with
issues of colonialism and power. His subjects gaze directly at the
camera, claiming their humanity.
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