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Sebastián Gordín

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Estación central de Rotterdam

20th-21st century
137.9 cm x 102.8 cm x 60.3 cm (54 5/16 in. x 40 1/2 in. x 23 3/4 in.)

Sebastián Gordín (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1969 - ) Primary

Object Type: sculpture
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Argentinean
Medium and Support: Mixed media
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchased with funds provided by Fundación Arte BA, Buenos Aires, and contributions from the Blanton Latin American Circle, 2006
Accession Number: 2006.326

The scene presented through the peephole on this work is a recreation of the Central Station in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The artist carefully reconstructed this image from a tourist postcard that his father sent him during a European tour in the 1950s. By looking through the small lens, we are invited into a scene that is arrested in time and strangely evocative of a melodramatic movie or novel. Gordín's work explores memory and parallel realities through small shifts in perception. Indeed, the brightly colored box of Rotterdam Central Station is not unlike a magic trick that takes us back in time or deep into someone else's personal memories.

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