BM (3Fb) is part of Luis Mallo’s Open Secrets, a recent group of photographs taken in museums in New York City and elsewhere. The series focuses on storage areas and reveals hidden spaces not typically accessible to the public. This image, from the Brooklyn Museum, shows storage for sculptures whose identity in most cases is partially obscured by protective wrapping. The photographer’s careful composition represents only a fragment of a larger whole, revealing the beauty within the more or less organized structure of museum storage while not decoding the system itself. Mallo does not stage or rearrange any items, and his mostly straightforward composition aspires to an objective viewpoint. The combination of sometimes random objects, however, creates a sense of mystery and reminds us that collections are not always easy to classify.
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Luis Mallo (born Cuba, 1962). BM (3Fb), 2008. Chromogenic photograph, 30 x 39 in. (76.2 x 99.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 2009.60.5. ©Luis Mallo
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