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

The tears of things

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

List of exhibited artists
Allan Sekula
Andreas Gursky
Anna & Bernhard Blume
Becher, Bernd & Hilla
Candida Höfer
Christian Marclay
Edward Ruscha
Fischli & Weiss
Francis Alÿs
Frank Thiel
Gordon Matta-Clark
Hannah Collins
Helena Almeida
Ignasi Aballí
James Casebere
Joan Fontcuberta
João Penalva
José Antonio Hernández-Diez
Jorge Molder
Mark Wallinger
Martin Boyce
Montserrat Soto
Paul Graham
Ryuji Miyamoto
Rodney Graham
Stan Douglas
Thomas Demand 

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