With enchanting incongruity, Liliana Porter's work playfully subverts convention, disrupts time, and messes with reality. Using a wide range of media, Porter mixes the absurd with the philosophical, creating extraordinary situations that lure us unwittingly into the realm of her idiosyncratic cast of characters.


Drawing from an eclectic collection of figurines, knickknacks, toys, and souvenirs, Porter features these characters in unexpected combinations and circumstances. The peculiar situations she invents, where disparate events occur simultaneously, or dissimilar characters interact, wittily invite political, philosophical and existential interpretation.


Some of the characters are brought out of their two-dimensional representations to interact with the real world. Tiny figures on shelves perform colossal tasks, at once pathetic and hilarious. Photographs paired with the actual object depicted, though in different form, bend reality and reverse time. With masterful simplicity and humor, Porter blends the real with the representational in hypothetical yet convincing mini-dramas starring mass-produced, kitsch objects that inadvertently elicit compassion and laughter.

To Find Gold, 2014

Forced Labor (holes) - Man dressed in blue, 2014

Untitled (Ship), 2011

To Find It II (man with brown pants), 2011

Them with Nazi, 2011

Joan of Arc, Elvis, Che, 2011

Situations with Lost Objects, 2011

Pink Boy, 2011

Chicken Salad, from Matinee/Matine, 2009

The Task V, 2008

Painter, 2007

Reconstruction (Snowman), 2007

Black Drip (Yellow Bird), 2008

Limit, 2010

Untitled with Glass Ship, 2008

Red Flag, 2010

Yellow Drip, 2009

Canguro/Mono, 2009

Black String (Triptych), 2008

Brancusi, 2008

Magritte, 2008