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TEA 1391 (Afghanistan/Mexico), 2012

Loaned to
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea
35mm film transferred to colour HD video, sound, subtitles in Dari, English and Spanish
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© Mario García Torres - Courtesy Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino foto di Galleria Franco Noero / Artissima 2017 - Proprietà della Fondazione per l'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT
The Artist
When Alighiero Boetti went to Afghanistan for the first time in 1971 to start the production of his hand-embroidered Mappe, Mario García Torres had not even been born. Only many years later would he find out about the fascination of the Turinese artist for that faraway land and his adventures there from the owner of a hotel: the legendary One Hotel in Kabul. Boetti’s legacy is thus explored through a major set of works produced over a period of eight years, between 2004 and 2012. These include photographs, videos, sculptures, postal and wall-mounted works which, as always in García Torres’s production, are poised between the truth of documentary research and the irony of artistic fiction. [...]
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