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Grazia Toderi, Mirabilia Urbis, 2012, two-channel video, sound, continuous loop. Installation view.

Grazia Toderi

MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo

Grazia Toderi, Mirabilia Urbis, 2012, two-channel video, sound, continuous loop. Installation view.

Mapping earth and sky from airborne viewpoints, Grazia Toderi challenges both gravity and the horizon, calling into question the facts

of objective reality and representing, in a theater of wonders, the relationship between the human world and the universe, between terrestrial geometry and that of the firmament. In the five video pieces in this show, which cover more than ten years of work, Toderi utilizes computer-animated aerial photographs of Rome to reveal a city dense with luminous energy, an astonishing living organism that breathes and emits pulsating signals. The vestiges of the city’s millennial history catch fire with minuscule points of light that trace the perimeters of buildings and piazzas and illuminate domes, shining like stars. The sites of the city’s political, social, and artistic history become the terrain on which polis and poetry meet.

In Italo Calvino’s

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