Liza Ambrossio – The rage of devotion – La ira de la devoción

Liza Ambrossio

The rage of devotion – La ira de la devoción


Some time ago I decided to change my life in the most extraordinary way possible. I looked in and without intending it I remembered the phrase with which my mother said goodbye the last time I saw her at sixteen years old – “I wish you well, and believe me I hope you’ll become strong and brave, so you can be merciless when the time comes to destroy your body and crush your soul the next time we see each other”- After an overwhelming emotional breakdown, I started this series of images intermingling with pictorial canvases and photographs of my family archive to impel the observer to immerse themselves in my psychology.



I stumble, but in the same way freeing myself, finding their lascivious looks, my fear of touch and the instinctive repulsion that represents for me the concept of “family”. In “The rage of devotion” I discover that although I look, I don’t want to see, because what lives inside me, looks and it is completely monstrous.

I am a being led by demons. After leaving home at sixteen I decided never to return to the family home, but I needed a powerful symbolic connection with my Mother. To acquire the old photo file that I included in my project, I spoke with the housekeeper of my mother’s house to steal the images of the old family albums while I paid for them during my student years between high school and university.



All my night images are photographed in the early hours when I worked for the police press or “Mexican red note” when I had just left my mother’s house. In them I discovered that all the chaos that was inside me was also the trace of the chaos that it was outside of me. In my country there is a war that is not talked about, and I started to face a war against the machismo exercised by the women of my family towards me. As for medical images or strange diseases such as -double iris in the eye-, are the consequence of my obsession with medicine and my almost four years of dedication to a specialist doctor of rare diseases.



Short Bio

Liza Ambrossio is a young Mexican artist based in Madrid, Spain. Her body of work combines photographs of macabre archive with cryptic paintings, performance, intervention, installations, videos, psychology, lucid nightmares, science fiction, ero-guro and witchcraft that come together in free association. Winner of the first prize in the Voies Off Award 2018 of Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France, as well as the FNAC New Talent Award, 2018. Liza is the invice of the scholarship portfolio review in the FotoFest of Houston 2018 and the 6th Edition of the (TAI) Photography Talent Grant. In 2017, she won the Discoveries scholarship of the PHotoESPAÑA festival and La Fabrica and the ‘Luz del Norte prize’ in Monterrey, México. Currently, she is nominated for the award Plat(t)form of the Fotomuseum Winterthur. She has been selected for New Visions 2018 in the Cortona On The Move festival, Italy and she had the first honorific mention for the Emerging Prize within the ‘Encontros Da Image festival’, Portugal 2018. In 2018, she presented her first photobook “The rage of devotion”.


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