Berlin

Alejandro Cesarco, Learning the Language (Present Continuous I), 2018, 4K video, color, sound, 18 minutes 25 seconds. Margarita Fernández.

Alejandro Cesarco

Tanya Leighton

Alejandro Cesarco’s exhibition “These Days” centered on two recent videos, Learning the Language (Present Continuous I) and Learning the Language (Present Continuous II) (all works cited, 2018), installed as rear projections in the two alcove-like side galleries in the larger of Tanya Leighton’s two Berlin spaces. Each video was accompanied by a photograph, respectively Margarita’s Music Book (Spes Vitae) and Untitled (Double). Problems of language and translation, citation and repetition, have long been central to Cesarco’s work. As suggested by their titles, both videos are concerned with language acquisition as a process of mirroring or repetition, in which existing forms (words, grammar, syntax) are practiced and repeated until they become naturalized. At the same time, the reference in their titles to Dan Graham’s 1974 installation Present Continuous Past(s), as well as the echo of

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