by Hilda Barerra Pérez
21 Jul - 11 Oct 2016
Hilda Barerra Pérez, Untitled (Mexico), 2010
Touchstone is a display featuring a single photograph on our Eranda Studio Floor.
Visitors are invited to respond to the photograph, through writing and drawing, using pencils and cards provided. You can see how others have responded here.
This programme links with The Photographers' Gallery's wider educational emphasis on visual literacy.
Our current display features a photograph and a corresponding tactile print by Hilda Barerra Pérez.
The photograph was created as part of a workshop for people who are Blind or partially-sighted and was run by Ojos Que Sienten (Sight of Emotion). Ojos Que Sienten exists to change perceptions about visually-impaired people (VIP). Its founder, photographer Gina Badenach, understood that photography could be used as a way for VIP to be seen and heard. In this way, photographers also connect with their sighted public.
The tactile print was made in Madrid by a company called Factum Arte that specialises in making 2D and 3D facsimilies of artwork. The production of this print involved a complex series of steps that included coating plaster with a thin layer of gelatin to make a photographic print on its surface.
Barrera Pérez lives and works in Mexico City. She describes her experience of taking part in Ojos Que Sienten workshops as a ‘watershed in my life’. Her work features in the book The Blind Photographer, published by Redstone Press in September 2016 and is available from our Bookshop. A booklaunch will take place on Thursday 8 September, click here to reserve a place.