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Claudia Fontes, El problema del caballo / The Horse Problem (detail), 2017

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Claudia Fontes and the Pavilion of Argentina

The Horse Problem
Claudia Fontes and the Pavilion of Argentina
at the 57th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia
Opening and press tour: Friday 12 May, 5 pm, in the Pavilion of Argentina, Sala d'Armi, Arsenale

Claudia Fontes (b.1964) is one of the most interesting Argentine artists of her generation. Her work, embedded in ideas about decolonisation, takes history, nature and culture as channels of discovery towards a unique poetic language. On this occasion, she presents The Horse Problem, a work commissioned for the Pavilion of Argentina at the Biennale Arte 2017.

The installation shows a bullet-time frozen scene in which a horse, a woman and a young man react in different ways to a paradox: a crisis is developing, and its symptoms are, at the same time, the problem that causes it. The scene is inspired by the XIX century cultural icons around which Argentina's cultural identity was artificially built, and challenges them with a surreal breathtaking scene that has the quality of an apparition.

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