back wheel of old tricycle

%C2%A9 Mario Fonseca

Tricycle II, 1972 (printed 2018)

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Mario Fonseca is an artist who survived one of the cruelest dictatorships of the 20th century by creating and exhibiting art, and did so at his peril. Discouraged by the presence of the secret police and other informants on the street, he took his camera to the roof of his home on Calle Suecia in Santiago and photographed the detritus he found there. This disjointed and disorienting set of views of a tricycle presents a powerful metaphor of life under an oppressive regime: fragmenting under the pressures of the surveillance state, broken by the threat of torture, the individual is reduced to parts and not a whole.

Details
Title
Tricycle II
Artist Life
born 1948
Role
Photographer
Accession Number
2019.27.2
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back wheel of old tricycle

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