Elisabetta Benassi

Magazzino d’Arte Moderna

Elisabetta Benassi examines, through the use of mechanical artifacts, the proliferation of machines in our society. The Roman artist’s ability in multiple media was apparent in her solo exhibition at Magazzino d’Arte Moderna. Two large-format photographs, a kinetic sculpture, and a multichannel video comprise “3,” a cohesive journey into modern myth, with three separate spaces offering distinct perspectives on a single, machinery-based vision in which, nonetheless, nothing is explicitly certain, the result open to visitors’ personal interpretations.

Yield to Total Elation (all works 2006) is a video installation of three simultaneous projections. A vintage red sports car runs around a monumental sand quarry set in a desolate landscape in the Italian Alps. No one is visible in the driver’s seat, making it seem as if the car is being driven by superhuman forces. A white horse and rider briefly

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