roni horn. water teller
apr 10 - aug 7, 2015
via a. stradella 4
Raffaella Cortese is proud to present a third solo show by internationally acclaimed American artist Roni Horn.
For more than 30 years, Roni Horn has worked with a variety of media, ranging from photography, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance and artist books, focusing on the themes of change, perception and memory.
Horns oeuvre addresses issues such as the changeability of nature and human identity and encourages a reflection on the relationship between the inner emotions of a subject and the surrounding landscape. Mutability and inconsistency of the real play a pivotal role in the artists practice, so that her works are often presented in pairs or series of similar elements revealing almost imperceptible differences.
For the Milan exhibition, Horn presents a new photographic series titled Water Teller, 2011/2014, consisting of eight paired photographs. Each pair consists of four images of the face of the photographer Juergen Teller. But none of the four faces is an image of the original subject itself, but a reflection of his face in the water. Although nearly identical, each of them retains its own identity.
Water Teller, shown for the first time in Italy, references directly to previous works which are today among the most renowned of the artist, such as the famous photographic series You are the Weather (1994-96) and the remake of this series, You Are the Weather, Part 2 (2010-11). Both series, representing the face of a young womans bathing in various Icelandic hot springs in different weather conditions, were recently included in the artists solo show at La CaixaForum, Madrid.