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Robert Morris

Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon

A NARROW, LABYRINTHINE PASSAGE leads to the center of the vast room on the second floor of the museum. There we are faced with projected images from World War II—photographs from the Centre d' Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation in Lyon, headquarters of the Gestapo during the German occupation. Not wanting to linger over these images because of painful memories they call to mind, we fix our attention instead on Mirror Film, 1969, made by Robert Morris as he walked through the Wisconsin snow, mirror in hand. Turning around us as we stand in the middle of the room, this projection onto great white net curtains encourages us to retrace the footsteps of the man with the mirror as he moves off toward the trees, disappears, and returns. His mirror urges us, finally, to turn back and face the images of war, to position ourselves as accomplices, even, in the destruction, deportation,

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