Buenos Aires

Eduardo Basualdo

Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte

As in a Shakespearean tragedy, atmosphere plays an unusual role in Eduardo Basualdo’s exhibitions. The scenes unfold in faint light: The vision of the dagger, the witches’ dance, the sleepwalking lady, the glimmerings of the sky, occur at the hour when “night’s black agents to their prey do rouse.” We could be describing Macbeth, but we are not; rather, this was Basualdo’s latest and eeriest exhibition, “Todo lo contrario” (Quite the Opposite).

Here, a story about necromancy and witchery was conjured out of scenes that occurred simultaneously around the space. Light was the focus of the show, a medium to ignite the action; shadows, reflections, and sparkles told the rest. Basualdo’s drawings on copper depict strange events that were made even more elusive by quivering light reflections bouncing off the metal: A woman jumps from a precipice, her long, rootlike hair covering her face; a bunch

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