Valencia

Isabel Rocamora

Sala Parpalló

An anonymous woman wearing a long black head scarf that covers her entire body slips into elegant white shoes as she prepares for a journey from a large city to a mysterious place devoid of physical human presence, populated instead with potent memories. The voyage is imaginary, but the circumstances surrounding it are real: Isabel Rocamora’s masterfully crafted dual-channel projection Horizon of Exile (all works 2007) is based on the life stories told to her by several Kurdish and central Iraqi women living in London. The work is magical realism at its best, an engaging travelogue into the past in which reality shimmers like a gentle mirage, while the action keeps moving back and forth between an arid desert, geysers, a salt marsh, and finally a lake, in which we see one of the characters floating. In actuality, the magical site is the Atacama Desert in Chile, where the twenty-one-minute

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