Paz Errázuriz was born in 1944 in Santiago, Chile, where she currently lives and works.
Paz Errázuriz is a Chilean photographer whose work could be described as a social testimony of the reality in her country. Following a career as an educator, she began her self taught photographic instruction —which she perfected in 1993 at the International Center of Photography in New York— and was a founding member of Chile’s Association of Independent Photographers. Starting to work in the early 1980s, during the military dictatorship of Chile, Errázuriz documented marginalised communities such as sex workers, wrestlers and circus performers. Her intention is to encourage the public to look at the part of reality that society refuses to look at, not in the terms of journalistic photo-realism, but rather in an attempt to subvert the conventions of the visual other, and it’s bourgeois, classist, white, heterosexual values. In 1983 she started her celebrated series of portraits of transvestites, La Manzana de Adán, a project with first publication was possible thanks to a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship (1986-1987). Ever since, Errázuriz work has focused in the people that stand outside the center and have always been subordinated to power.
Her work has been shown extensively internationally, with solo shows at Barbican Gallery, London (2018); Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago (2018); Les Rencontres d’Arles (2017); Museo Amparo, Puebla (2017); Fundación Mapfre, Madrid (2015); Berkeley Art Museum (2014); Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris (2010); and Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá (2005), among others. in 2015 she represented Chile in the 56th Venice Biennale.
Paz Errázuriz photographs are part of institutional collections such as the Tate Modern, Guggenheim Museum, Museo Reina Sofia, and DAROS Collection, as well as many private collections.