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Melvin Moti, No Show, 2004, color film in 16 mm trans­ferred to video, 24 minutes. Production still. From “Un lugar fuera de la historia” (A Place out of History).

1 “Un Lugar Fuera de la Historia” (A Place Out of History) (Museo Tamayo, Mexico; curated by Magalí Arriola) As we all know, art is a shadowy realm where social elites, bohemian enragés, and shifty impresarios rub shoulders, gossip, and share beds with the enemy. Small wonder that this club has counted among its members Sir Anthony Blunt, director of the Courtauld Institute of Art and member of the “Cambridge Five” ring of spies; Han van Meegeren, forger of Vermeers; painter Domingo Malagón Alea, who led a clandestine Communist unit under Franco; and Conceptual artist Nedko Solakov, who, in Top Secret, 1989–90, documented his collaboration with the Bulgarian secret police. Magalí Arriola’s exhibition thrillingly linked those double agents to artists exploring undercover agency such as Melvin Moti, Jill Magid, and Hito Steyerl and to a posthumous novel by critic Olivier Debroise.

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