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Yuri Ancarani, The Challenge, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 70 minutes.

Yuri Ancarani

Kunsthalle Basel

Yuri Ancarani, The Challenge, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 70 minutes.

Sculture,” curated by Elena Filipovic, was Yuri Ancarani’s first institutional solo show; it featured eight films created between 2010 and 2017. The Italian filmmaker’s early trilogy “La malattia del ferro” (The Malady of Iron, 2010–12) transports its viewers to three very different but equally unusual workplaces. Il capo (The Boss, 2010), shows workers in a marble quarry in Carrara, Italy. The six scuba divers in Piattaforma luna (Moon Platform, 2011) go about their morning routines in a deep-sea capsule, a radio connection to a distant command center their only contact with the outside world. And in Da Vinci (2012) Ancarani observes surgeons performing a procedure at a distance with the help of a robot. If these virtually sealed work settings elicit both fascination and profound discomfort, so does the films’ distinctive visual language, defined by unusual perspectives, such

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