La Fidelidad del Dolor (The Fidelity of Pain)
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Artist:   Luis González Palma  
Title:   La Fidelidad del Dolor (The Fidelity of Pain)  
Date:   1991  
Medium:   Gelatin silver print with mixed media application, on wood  
Dimensions:   39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 2 in. (100.01 x 100.01 x 5.08 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Rusty and Burt Cohen  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

“A face, to me, is a metaphor for sadness.” – Luis González Palma Faces are abundant in Luis González Palma’s work. Underlying the mesmerizing gaze of his anonymous portraits is a desire to give visibility and dignity to Guatemala’s indigenous Maya, who have been subjected to violence, marginalization, and discrimination as a result of the conquest and subsequent colonization by the Spanish beginning in the 16th century. This image is typical of Palma’s early period; however, faces and figures of Maya children and adults are an almost constant presence across his body of work. In speaking about his objectives as an artist, Palma has said, “My interest is to bring people to the same level. I come from a very racist country. The Indians are a marginalized people in Guatemala…” He also incorporates symbolic references to the complexity of contemporary Maya culture’s blending of indigenous and foreign influences, such as the angel wings and lace veil of Catholicism present in this image.

Name:   Palma, Luis González  
Nationality:   Guatemalan  
Life Dates:   Guatemalan, born 1957  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature Luis Gonzalez Palma  
Classification:   Photographs  
Creation Place:   South America, Guatemala, , ,  
Accession #:   2010.64  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts