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Guatemalan Photographer Luis González Palma at Art Institute of Boston

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 25, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

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.

Read the complete review in The Boston Globe.

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