Liza is a young Mexican visual artist who lives and works in Madrid, Spain, and one of the most exciting and promising Latin American photographers today. She won the Discoveries Scholarship 2017-18 of the PhotoEspaña Festival, and the 6th Edition of the TAI Photography Talent Grant. Recently, Liza was the winner of the FNAC New Talent Award 2018, and the Voies Off Award in Arles 2018.
Alberto García-Alix, the most reputed Spanish living photographer, talks about Liza:
“I met Liza as a professor at the master degree that she studied as a grant recipient in Madrid. I was stunned by her skills as a storyteller, her quickness, her fluency, her perseverance, her writing, the singularity of her hard and appealing images, her passion, her madness and her natural way to be a Mexican woman. Mexican in the sense of not being lukewarm. Her work is her life and her life is her work. She has the ability to get us in and not let us go. She frightens us and also attracts us, since she has all the demons and that makes her such a spectacular artist.”
“The Rage of Devotion” worships magic, witchcraft, spiritism, shamanism, the numinous, the esoteric, the cabala… We can see the ghosts that inhabit it: H.P. Lovecraft, Alejandro Jodorowsky, F.W. Murnau, Roman Polanski, David Cronenberg, Luis Buñuel, William Burroughs… In a sort of rite of exorcism.
This project tells the story of a woman facing both the destruction of a world that does not allow her to grow or create in and the challenge of rebuilding it by using its fragments in a different and personal order. In her case, such disintegration is necessary insofar as the inherited law -her mother’s- has been experienced negatively.
We are indeed before a somber, bleak, and distressing work which releases psychological urges through the construction of images, and whose production triggers repressed emotions. There is no critique of the patriarchal order here, nor of the oedipal and castrating mother as defined by Freud. Liza points instead at something the Viennese doctor never engaged in, the syndrome of the “bad mother,” whose effects on the depression and schizoid pathologies of their offspring were described by two of his pupils, Karl Abraham and Melanie Klein. But, finally, that way leads us to a twilight that seems to conquer darkness.
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