4.8 / Feeding Time

January 29 2013


January 29, 2013. In this issue, Art Practical is honored to present the U.S. premiere of No Portraits, a photo-performance portfolio by Guillermo Gómez-Peña that pays tribute to eight artists influential to his career. The ever-inventive artist describes his close collaborations with numerous photographers over the years in creating such portfolios of performances enacted strictly for the camera. As subsequent witnesses to these performances, we see Gómez-Peña’s close scrutiny of a embodied language who lineage he has learned, embraced, elaborated, and shared; it extends beyond the tightly cropped spaces of No Portraits into the studios of other artists, including that of Jaime Cortez. "You have to understand that your practice is an animal, and it has to be fed," Gómez-Peña told Cortez. Taking a second look, it becomes easy to perceive these photographs not only as homages, but also as nourishment. Enjoy- PM


No Portraits

No Portraits

By Guillermo Gómez-Peña

For more than thirty years, I’ve been obsessed with photographic documentation of my performance work in dialogue with history. As a self-defined Chicano, I need to be in control of my image.

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