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Michal Rovner

MACRO Al Mattatoio / Studio Stefania Miscetti

The dynamic between the solitude of individuals and their relationship with others is the subject of two works Michal Rovner created for the spaces of MACRO Al Mattatoio, in Rome’s Testaccio neighborhood. Arena, 2003, is a large video installation consisting of projections on both floor and walls. The central image, a warped square filled with small figures, is projected onto a floor of close-packed sand. The figures at the top and bottom are standing, while those on the right and left sides are squeezed into a flattened perspective. At the center of the square, a man struggles with a bear—the symbol, according to Jung, of the dangerous aspect of the unconscious.

In the four double projections on the walls—like open books showing the same image on both pages—a multitude of small red and black figures, arranged in parallel rows, roil against a white background. They seem to be waving and

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