Pierre Lionel Matte

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Transparent photo in light-boxes. 100 x 130 cm. 1996

This work is the result of my encounter with street children in Bolivia in 1994. During my stay there, I was confronted with my privilege as a European back-packer and I began to think about the insurmountable gap between my reality and theirs. I was also confronted with my stereotypical attitudes towards the locals I met. My purpose with this work was to show how such attitudes  become a barrier between the viewer and the others. Although the work contained a self-criticism,  an opportunity for the gaze to be turned towards the viewer, and the children were photographed at the parents' request, I experience today that the work has problematic aspects. Nevertheless, this work became decisive for how I later came to approach stereotypes and racism in my work.