Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Martin Soto Climent (Mexican, b. 1977)

Intimate Ballet, 2010

Inkjet prints on paper

9 parts, each: 21 ½ x 16 ½ in. (54.6 x 41.9 cm)


Promised gift of a private collection in honor of Emerge
2011.3.a–i PG

Soto Climent’s photographs, paintings, and sculptures are rooted in surrealism, an early 20th-century artistic movement that aimed to reveal the subconscious through unexpected arrangements of imagery, objects, and words. Intimate Ballet is derived from a book of dancer portraits from the 1920s, the decade in which surrealism emerged. By using this source material, Climent establishes a link between his work and the surrealist movement for which he has a great affinity, especially in terms of the depiction of desire and the female body. In this work, Climent curled and rephotographed pages of the book, capturing a sense of movement uncharacteristic of paper. The pages of the book remain intact, as a central aspect of his practice in general is ensuring the materials in each of his works retain their original function.