Mario García Torres’s Have you ever seen the snow? screened here September 15–29, 2021. The video is no longer available for streaming. Join us for the next Hyundai Card Video Views screening, beginning October 13, 2021.
The Mexican artist Mario García Torres spent 2005 to 2012 obsessed with a single spot in the city of Kabul: the site of a supposedly destroyed building where the late Italian artist Alighiero Boetti had run the One Hotel between 1971 and 1977. It was a place where Boetti removed himself from the art world while creating one of the most fascinating phases in his body of work. García Torres conducted his research virtually from Mexico and the US, and later—when he located the building as part of a project for Documenta 13—from Kabul itself, where he retraced Boetti’s steps, charting his own path between historical reconstruction and fiction.
In light of the recent events in Afghanistan, we spoke with García Torres about his relationship to the situation in Kabul, and about Have you ever seen the snow?, one of the key works created on his journey.
–Inés Katzenstein, Curator of Latin American Art and Director of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Art of Latin America
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