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View of “Eva Marisaldi,” 2017–18. Photo: Francesco Ribuffo.

Eva Marisaldi

Galleria de'Foscherari

View of “Eva Marisaldi,” 2017–18. Photo: Francesco Ribuffo.

This exhibition by Eva Marisaldi, her first solo show in Italy since 2014, was held in a historic gallery in the city where she lives. It showed the artist’s poetic, at times somewhat naive approach to technology in images that, as is typical of her work, seemed hermetic and enigmatic at first glance, but soon revealed their origins in experience.

The walls of the entire irregular space were intersected at eye level by a row of A4 (approximately letter-size) photocopies of a sequence of drawings: scenes of people on boats floating on a lake, taken from a sequence in Roman Polanski’s first feature film, Knife in the Water (1962). It is less the film’s plot that interests the artist than the idea of an unstable territory, a sense of being unmoored. The water in these otherwise black-and-white images was bright blue, forming a near-continuous line through the gallery, disseminating

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