Claudia Donoso

Claudia Donoso (1955) is a Chilean artist, journalist and writer. Since the 1980s, she worked for magazines such as HOY, Apsi, Caras and Paula where she interviewed influential visual artists and writers of that period, the likes of Stella Díaz, Adolfo Couve, José Donoso, Armando Uribe, Claudio Bertoni, Nicanor Parra, Enrique Lihn. Donoso herself was a graphic reporter having learned her craft under the respected teacher Eliodoro Torrente, winner of the National Journalism Prize in 1957.

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However, Donoso is best known for her investigative work on the seminal book by Chilean photographer Paz Errazuriz, titled ‘La Manzana de Adán’ (Adams’ Apple). Between 1982 and 1987, Errazuriz photographed a group of male prostitutes and transvestites that lived and worked in various clandestine brothels in Santiago and Talca. In collaboration with Claudia Donoso, who transcribed their personal accounts, Errázuriz collated these photographs into a book-length photo essay that she published in 1990 after Pinochet left office -due to the controversial nature of the thematic. This work is currently part of the Tate's permanent collection in London.

In 2007, Claudia Donoso decided to stop writing, claiming that the pressure of journalism was contrary to her nature, and she turned her attention to the composition of beautiful and complex collage works. A show “Jolie Madame” held at gallery Casa E, Valparaiso, in 2012, exhibited Donoso’s collages that spoke of autobiographical reminiscences, inspired by a baroque aesthetic. Donoso’s cut-out images of old publications open to a feminine world loaded with gloomy eroticism and black humour that mocks the glamour of the sixties. Her work contains recurring iconographies: mink coats, jewels, fragments of paintings of universal art, antiques and interior decorations, which are painted with sparse colours, in dislocated spaces against luxurious textures.