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Adrián Villar Rojas, Poemas para terrestres (Poems for Earthlings), 2011, unfired clay, cement, burlap, wood, metal, 13' 1 1/2“ x 26' 3” x 295' 3 1/4". Photo: Marc Domage.

1 Adrián Villar Rojas Born in 1980 in Argentina, Villar Rojas burst onto the scene this summer at the Argentinean pavilion in Venice with Ahora estaré con mi hijo, el asesino de tu herencia (Now I Will Be with My Son, the Murderer of Your Heritage), 2011, a large clay forest inspired by the hypothesis of multiverses. Later in the year, his Poemas para terrestres (Poems for Earthlings), 2011, a large horizontal obelisk made mostly of clay and cement, occupied a gravel path in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. Despite their size, Villar Rojas’s sculptures tend toward the ephemeral, situated halfway between science fiction and an oneiric vision of great sculptural power. The fleeting-turned-monumental generates strong emotions in the contrast between the size of these fantastical forms and their fragility.

Navid Nuur, When Doubt Turns into Destiny, 1993–2011, still from a color three-channel video, 31 minutes.

2 Navid Nuur (Plan B, Berlin) Originally from Iran and now living

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