Looking at works of art in a collection implies surrounding oneself with “Things” that form part of the universe of another person. Walter Benjamin said that one of the most intimate relationships that can be stablished with objects is that of possession. Working with the photographs and videos of the Helga de Alvear Collection thus becomes an act of both voyeurism and complicity.

This selection of artworks from this collection is but a proposal among the many others that could exist. If art is also a way of creating gazes, The Tear of Things the representation of the life of things, to permit, and perhaps, to compare it with our own.


Marta Gili. Director, Jeu de Paume, Paris

Exhibition presented in the Salon d´Honneur. With the support of J.P.Morgan, official partner of Paris Photo