Verona, Italy

Victor Alimpiev

Studio la Città

Two screens, one very large, one average in size, were in two different rooms, although both were at least partly visible from a single position. On them the same scene was running, but unsynchronized—or so we might at first have thought. In fact, the footage shown on the two channels was not identical, but both screens showed the same four young women guiding a small group of people up a short ramp; their movement is extremely slow, almost imperceptible, and they hold red banners, stirred by a light breeze, while the protagonist makes small, insignificant gestures. The sequence lasts about thirty minutes. This is To Trample Down an Arable Land, 2009, by Russian artist Victor Alimpiev, which was recently exhibited at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, as well as in this year’s Moscow Biennial, but was conceived in this “split” format specifically for its presentation in Verona.

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