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  • RYAN TRECARTIN/LIZZIE FITCH

    Fondazione Prada | Milan
    Largo Isarco 2
    April 1–August 1, 2019

    Curated by Mario Mainetti

    It’s always cause for excitement when Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, the poet-oracles and court videographers of our confused, intemperate times, release new work. This April, at Fondazione Prada, Trecartin and Fitch will debut a cycle of films they created over the past three years in Appalachian Ohio broadly focused on the subject, and concept, of land. In the aftermath of 2016’s political earthquake, when rural voters throughout the US slammed the brakes on urban cosmopolitanism, one might have expected that the entire art world, following the entire media, would storm the midwestern countryside in an effort to find out What Happened. As it turns out, Trecartin and Fitch are among the few who have bothered to peek under the hood of pastoral late modernity. (Rem Koolhaas’s recent obses-sion with cottages doesn’t count.) Perhaps that’s just as well. What other artists would we really trust to probe Net nativism in the heartland?