Suwon Lee. Purple Haze. 2011

Suwon Lee Purple Haze 2011

  • MoMA, Floor 3, 3 East The Robert B. Menschel Galleries

Venezuelan artist Suwon Lee made this series at major landmarks—such as El Ávila in Caracas—that have appeared in representations of the Latin American landscape throughout history. In each instance, Lee turned her back on the traditional views of the sites, countering them with images that show the current lived reality of those cities. Purple Haze was made at São Paulo’s Edificio Copan, a building designed by Oscar Niemeyer and one of the most recognizable examples of modern architecture in Brazil; rather than photograph the building, Lee captured the view from it, including the layer of smog that blankets the city at dusk.

Gallery label from Chosen Memories, April 30–September 9, 2023
Inkjet print
36 1/4 × 47 1/4" (92 × 120 cm)
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Clara Rodríguez-Cisneros
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© 2023 Suwon Lee

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