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Rä di Martino, Authentic News of Invisible Things (model for a dummy tank), 2014, wood, 6' 6 3/4“ × 14' 1 1/4” × 7' 8 1/2".

Rä di Martino

MUSEION of Modern and Contemporary Art Bolzano

Rä di Martino, Authentic News of Invisible Things (model for a dummy tank), 2014, wood, 6' 6 3/4“ × 14' 1 1/4” × 7' 8 1/2".

Rä di Martino’s recent solo exhibition “Authentic News of Invisible Things” was fueled by the artist’s investigation of the IVECO Defence Vehicles factory in Bolzano and her subsequent discovery of an archival photograph and film footage from London’s Imperial War Museum: Both are black-and-white, taken in Lille, France, in 1918, the day after the end of World War I. In them, a group of civilians can be seen gazing at a German dummy tank (a wooden fake used to trick enemies) abandoned in the street. The pictured men and women appear to have conflicting responses to this object, as though it were both familiar and foreign, frightening and enticing. In the dummy tank’s newfound context, it’s intended use was rendered moot—transformed into something like a prop or an oversize toy, it became a lackluster relic of the changing political paradigm. The scene likely subverted any

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