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View of “Artur Barrio,” 2014.

Artur Barrio

Galeria Millan

View of “Artur Barrio,” 2014.

Nine photographs offer minute visual variations on the same location: a marshy environment inhabited by things both natural and man-made. Given the images’ tight framing, we see no horizon line, only the water’s surface, unbroken except for a boat, a pail, and ducks swimming among the reeds. Subtle shifts in framing are matched by a shift in color: The four images in the top row are black-and-white in tone (though they are color prints), while the remaining five, hung below, display a less limited range of hues. A string was stretched between the two sets of images, with the spool from which it unfurled hanging on the adjacent wall. Across from the photographs, one saw a monitor displaying a video in long shot, which reveals that this watery place abuts a stretch of barren land.

Turning the corner into the gallery’s main space, visitors encountered the title of this installation

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