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“Solaris”

Gió Marconi

“Solaris,” named for the planet in Stanisław Lem’s homonymous 1961 novel, was a show that, while respecting the specificity of the individual works displayed, also revealed symbolic relationships between them—connecting, for instance, the melancholy of Rosa Barba’s 16-mm film Let Me See It, 2009; the desolate scenes of David Maljkovic’s collages on a Sheetrock construction, Lost Memories from These Days, 2006–2008; the fractal geometries of Philippe Decrauzat’s painting installation Fear the eye become the tone, 2008; and the multiple identities of Ryan Trecartin as seen in his video I-Be Area, 2007. Fittingly, the ten artists (four of them showing their work in Italy for the first time) were united by their reflections on the still-underexplored expressive potential of collage. The exhibition was punctuated by four collages on paper by Haris Epaminonda, almost functioning as reference

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