17.12.2016 — 29.01.2017
‘Bodies and Souls’ is the first part of a retrospective of the work of Spanish photographer Isabel Munoz.
Born in Barcelona in 1951, Isabel Munoz is an internationally renowned photographer whose work is focused on the sensuality of the human form. As a small child, she wanted to become invisible in order to observe without being seen, and from a young age decided to become a photographer. Her work is widely admired and has won numerous prizes and distinctions, including the 2016 the Spanish National Photography Prize, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Isabel Munoz’s photographs appear in many important public collections, including the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York).
Tango dancers, Mevlevi Sufis, large apes, bodies in movement or sculpted in stone… in the course of her travels and career, Isabel Munoz has plumbed the recesses of the soul, capturing her subjects’ unique energy with great subtlety and elegance. Simultaneously humble and ambitious, her work enables viewers to connect with the Other through the precision of a movement or the power of a gaze.
Isabel Munoz is fascinated with dance and the expressive power of the human form. Her work perfectly encapsulates the idea of movement, encouraging us to engage with the question of the physical body and its representation. The large-format platinum prints she favours are ideally suited to this exploration, imparting a special vibration to the velvety smoothness of a limb or the folds of a dress. The remarkable delicacy of these prints underlines the sophisticated framing of each shot and its relation to space and texture.
Isabel Munoz’s photographs invite us to discover new horizons of sensuality and sensitivity, a world of memory and fantasy, where light lends an air of mystery to timeless gestures that reveal the eternity of desire and the animal nature of humanity.