Buenos Aires

Miguel Mitlag

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Malba)

In the chapter “The Landscape of His Dreams” in his 1992 book An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sacks tells of a painter who, after a serious illness, developed extraordinary and persistent waking visions of Pontito, his hometown in Italy; for many years afterward he painted obsessively detailed scenes of the place with photographic accuracy. Miguel Mitlag’s installations and three-dimensional models bring this story to mind through their tangible reality, the spine-chilling feeling that these places must exist somewhere. An ordinary-looking currency-exchange office stands in the middle of the room; as at the local swimming pool, a slim diving board cuts through the air, next to three aluminum steps that protrude from the wall; as in the library around the corner, a pair of bookcases face each other. But, after a closer look, these familiar “places” suddenly seem remote and strange: The

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