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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