(B. in Mexico City, Mexico, 1993) Liza Ambrossio is a Mexican-Spanish artist who lives and produces in Madrid, Spain. Winner of the first prize in the Voies Off Award 2018 of The Photography Meetings in Arles, France (Les Rencontres de la Photographie) also is the winner of the FNAC New Talent Award, 2018; Liza is the winner of the scholarship portfolio review in the FotoFest of Houston 2018 and the 6th Edition of the (TAI) Photography Talent Grant. In 2017 she won the Discoveries scholarship of the PHotoEspaña festival and La Fábrica.
In 2018 she opens her solo exhibition “The rage of devotion” in Camara Oscura gallery (Madrid, Spain) equally in the Photomeetings Luxembourg. Her body of work mixes macabre archive photographs with cryptic paintings, performance, intervention, videos, psychology, lucid nightmares, science fiction and witchcraft that unites by free association.
Liza’s work has been published on the network of Center of the image (Mexico City). Liza has been granted a scholarship to study production residences in Iceland and the United States (2017). She has been selected for New Visions 2018 in the Cortona On The Move festival, Italy In 2018 she presented her first photobook ‘La ira de la devoción’ (The rage of devotion) edited by Desiertas Ediciones (México) and La Fabrica (Spain) within the Fotofest of Houston, Texas, United States, also selected for the exhibition of the best photobooks in Les Rencontres de la photographie the same year.
The rage of devotion
Some time ago I decided to change my life in the most extraordinary way possible.
I looked in and without intending it I remembered the phrase with which my mother said goodbye the last time I saw her at sixteen years old – “I wish you well, and believe me I hope you´ll become strong and brave, so you can be merciless when the time comes to destroy your body and crush your soul the next time we see each other”- After an overwhelming emotional breakdown, I started this series of images intermingling with pictorial canvases and photographs of my family archive to impel the observer to immerse themselves in my psychology I stumble, but in the same way freeing myself, finding their lascivious looks, my fear of touch and the instinctive repulsion that represents for me the concept of “family”. In “The rage of devotion” I discover that although I look, I don´t want to see, because what lives inside me, looks and it is completely monstrous.
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