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Silvie Defraoui, La Diva del Pueblo Nuevo, 2009, color photograph, 12 1/2 x 15 1/2".

Silvie Defraoui

Galerie Susanna Kulli

Silvie Defraoui, La Diva del Pueblo Nuevo, 2009, color photograph, 12 1/2 x 15 1/2".

Like miniatures, square tiles leaned singly or in pairs in rows on narrow wall-mounted shelves made of dark wood in the first of two back-to-back shows by Silvie Defraoui. Formerly adorning elegant homes in the countryside near Barcelona, they had been transformed into complex pictorial objects. These found cement tiles were not presented as ready- mades; a closer glance revealed that the multicolored, slightly irregular geometries of their surfaces were made with black adhesive tape applied in lines, points, squares, and triangles. The purely architectural ornament had become an “image in the ground,” as the title of that series, “Das Bild im Boden,” 1985–2010, would have it. Once one had noticed this, something started to shift in the viewer’s imagination: In a profoundly analogue twist, the pixel-like pattern of tiles could be seen to be interspersed with figurative motifs

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