Private collection

  • Helga de Alvear collection
    The tears of things

  • © Thomas Demand

    Private collection

    Looking at works of art in a collection implies surrounding oneself with « Things » that form part of the universe of another person. Walter Benjamin said that one of the most intimate relationships that can be established with objects is that of possession. That is why working with the photographs and videos of the Helga de Alvear Collection is an act of both voyeurism and complicity.

    This selection of photographs and videos from the Helga de Alvear Collection is, evidently, a proposal among the many others that could exist. If art is, above all, a way of creating gazes, The Tears of Things proposes seeing the life of the things represented and, perhaps, comparing it with our own.

    Marta Gili

    Exhibition presented in the Salon d’Honneur. With the support of J.P. Morgan, official partner of Paris Photo

    Photo: THOMAS DEMAND – Ghost, 2003.
    © Thomas Demand / Adagp, Paris 2017
    Courtesy: Fundacion Helga de Alvear