Liliana Porter Argentine, b. 1941

Throughout her enigmatic, absurdist multimedia practice, Liliana Porter explores totems such as pop cultural icons, childhood toys, and kitsch. In her wry installations Red Sand (2018) and Man With Axe (2017), for example, figurines interact with their surrounding environments, acting out scenes of hard labor. In the photograph Dialogue (with Penguin) (1999), a toy penguin converses with a bust of Christ. Cartoonish characters are frequent motifs. Porter’s oeuvre also includes prints, drawings, paintings, video works, performances, and more. The artist has exhibited in cities around the world, and her work belongs in the collections of the Tate, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among other institutions.