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Inés Lombardi

A journey from Rotterdam across Europe to the delta of the Danube: The tanker ship moved lethargically down the Rhine, Main, and Danube, from the Dutch and German industrial regions to the picturesque vineyards of Wachau and through the Iron Gate, a spectacular narrowing of the Danube in the Banat region between Romania and Yugoslavia. Past the country now without bridges. Their remains litter the river and block the passage of ships. From NATO, with love.

For over two weeks in 2000, Inés Lombardi lived aboard the tanker in the company of a Nikon camcorder and some not-very-talkative sailors. The passage ensued with no stops in friendly harbors and became a Grand Tour beyond touristic views, ethnological curiosity, or scientific-cultural research. Lombardi’s matrix is movement, time, and perception. On deck, she made more than four thousand photographs, all shot straight on, mostly horizontal

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