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Aug 19, 2014Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors
Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, MA icaboston.org
Through November 2, 2014
"There are stars exploding...and there is nothing you can do." So goes one of the lines from Ragnar Kjartansson's video installation The Visitors, currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Sung over and over, this verse is a perfect expression of the urgent undercurrent that runs through this evocative work. The Visitors is simultaneously a sorrowful lament over the loss of time and place, and an ambitious endeavor to momentarily suspend the viewer’s experience of either. In considering physical displacement and the search for community, the work explores concepts of geography and identity that increasingly characterize 21st-century...