Ann-Sofi Sidén

Galeria Pepe Cobo

A long, low wooden bench faced a succession of videos projected onto the wall by five projectors. The thirty-five-minute-long 3MPH (Horse to Rocket), 2003, begins mysteriously, with the noise of hoofbeats but no image. Eventually one sees a woman dressed in pants, a blue shirt, and a wide-brimmed hat, setting off for what turns out to be a twenty-five-day journey on horseback.

The woman is Ann-Sofi Sidén herself. Her project: to ride from San Antonio to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston—an exceptionally slow trip by the standards of contemporary transportation. In a society that values speed above all and is always in a rush, this undertaking might seem like nonsense. And yet Sidén has not entirely abjured modern transport technology, any more than she has today’s recording techniques. Paul Giangrossi, her husband, shot the footage of her from an RV that served as their center

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