The large-format photographs of the collaborative team Aziz + Cucher present hermetically
sealed bodies and faces. Using computer software, the artists remove human features
while meticulously creating a painterly illusion of depth and volume where there used
to be eyes, mouth, and ears. Disturbingly mute, Maria is an eerie indicator
of a meeting of identity and technology, undermining the familiar genre of photographic
portraiture as well.
Anthony Aziz (born Lunenburg, Massachusetts, 1961) and Sammy Cucher (born Lima, Peru,
1958) met as graduate students and started collaborating in 1990. Their large-scale,
digitally manipulated images have been exhibited internationally, including at the
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; New Museum of
Contemporary Art, New York; The Photographer’s Gallery, London; and the Venice Biennale
(Venezuelan Pavilion, 1995). Among their grants and awards is a Ruttenberg award from
the Ansel Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco. Aziz earned his BFA from
New York University’s Experimental Theater Wing (1983). Both Aziz and Cucher received MFAs
from the San Francisco Art Institute (Aziz, 1990; Cucher, 1992).