Ursula Mayer

Monitor | Rome

For her second solo show in Rome, Ursula Mayer chose a classical theme—the story of Medea—on which she proposed a series of thematic variations. The exhibition was divided into two parts, one consisting of a 16-mm film, Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, 2009 (which also lent its title to the show), and the other a group of separate works that nonetheless seemed to comment on the film’s themes.

The film is a double projection: On the left, we see details of an ancient bas-relief depicting Medea, the enchantress who killed her own children to take revenge on her husband, Jason, after he renounced her; on the right, five actors in costume as Medea, her children, Jason, and, presumably, his new wife, Glauce, speak and pose before the camera with reiterated gestures and move in a sort of dance, embracing or fighting, like the figures in the bas-relief, within an unadorned space. They address the

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