Mexico City

View of “Roni Horn,” 2018. Photo: Omar Luis Olguín.

View of “Roni Horn,” 2018. Photo: Omar Luis Olguín.

Roni Horn


A pair of serene yet stern portraits welcomed the viewer into Kurimanzutto’s airy space—the same short gray hair, white T-shirt, focused blue eyes, and flat, contented smile were duplicated in two, possibly identical, white-framed images. Portraying Roni Horn, these photographs demanded to be observed and analyzed; they asked for a deliberation: Were they really identical? Was every hair, freckle and shadow in the exact same place? More important, can two objects ever be absolutely identical while remaining distinct? This question of sameness and difference, and of the possibility of stability through time, lingered over the exhibition.

This was Horn’s first solo show in Mexico, and although it was not a retrospective, it did document some of her lasting obsessions—literature, duplicates, glass—and included some of her best-known works. The aforementioned portraits constitute the diptych

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