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View of “Chiara Dynys,” 2016–17. All works: Look Afar, 2016. Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri.

Chiara Dynys

M77 Gallery | Milan

View of “Chiara Dynys,” 2016–17. All works: Look Afar, 2016. Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri.

“Look Afar,” Chiara Dynys’s most recent series of works, derives from an experience the artist lived through personally, one that has all the characteristics of an extreme ordeal. She spent forty days in Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland, nearly 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle, during the total darkness of the coldest months, December to February, staying in a shelter with nothing but the bare necessities for survival. Her purpose was to photograph the aurora borealis. Approximately eighteen thousand images produced during her stay formed the basis for this exhibition, curated by Michele Bonuomo and also titled “Look Afar”: On view were a series of particularly elaborate views, including photos, paintings, and a large video installation.

The video, projected simultaneously on all four walls of the gallery’s upper floor, enveloped the viewer in a dynamic and suggestive

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