Liliana Merizalde Gonzalez
+November 11, 2019
Inner Disruptions is a story of redemption and transformation. Five indigenous women from different communities and ethnic groups of Vaupés, in the Colombian amazon, are portrayed in these pictures full of symbolism, embedded with notions of memory, identity and territory.
Liliana Merizalde Gonzalez (@docteurmiller) uses the metaphor of organic prothesis built on her subjects as symbols of pain and loss which become, on the female bodies, the physical manifestation of their own sufferings and strength and become the means of their own resilience. After an intimate encounter with each of the subjects, the artist places different “prosthesis” which extend, limit, cover, outline or highlight their bodies or one of its parts.
Eloida, Sano, Maria Magdalena, Sena and Doris all have experienced difficulties and traumas, due to forced displacement or have been victims of violence caused by armed groups and different forms of everyday hardship, are portrayed in these series of stunning pictures in their moment of lift. Loss and pain are transformed into “seeds of reinvention”, to quote the photographer.
The prosthesis, in the medical context it is seen as an artificial device placed or implanted in the body of a living being to replace an other part, organ or limb. Here the artist uses it in a conceptual way to underline those spiritual and psychological necessities that each human being has.
Liliana Merizalde Gonzalez is a Colombian documentary photographer and visual artist based between Bogotá and New York. Her work was exhibited in solo and collective shows in Colombia, Peru, Spain and the United States and was she recently selected for MOPLA (Month of Photography LA) organized by Lucie Foundation. She has published in Americas Quarterly, VICE identity UK, VICE Colombia, Moviemaker Magazine, New York Times, Cooties Zine, Fotoféminas, Fotomeraki, among others.