One Second Sculpture with Ahtoy

Mika Rottenberg, Argentinian, born 1976



Digital chromogenic color print

Overall: 40 × 50 in. (101.6 × 127 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Ninah and Michael Lynne



Place Made: Argentina, South America


21st century

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Not on view


Mika Rottenberg's sculptural installations are loaded with metaphors and allegories, introducing viewers to an idiosyncratic vision of the world. This piece explores the intricate relationship between women and the natural world. The interplay between nature and the female figure has been a long-standing cultural and literary tradition­flowers have historically served as stand-ins for female anatomy. Rottenberg's piece highlights the power of women and nature. The title of the work, One Second Sculpture with Ahtoy, makes reference to the manner
in which the image was captured. Beyond video pieces and installations, Rottenberg's work includes kinetic sculptures that invite active participation from the viewer, as seen through the movement of the subject's hair. The juxtaposition of the plastic container supporting the plant and the woman spewing water creates a parallel between the natural world and labor systems. In pairing the temporality of the scene with the stillness of the image, Rottenberg transforms both the image and the subject into sculptures.

From the 2023 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 112, Social Surrealism and the Exploration of Identity, curated by Paulina Marinkovic Camacho ’23, Levinson Intern

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 112, Social Surrealism and the Explortion of Identity, Paulina Marinkovic Camacho, ’23, Levinson Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 22 - June 24, 2023.


Mika Rottenberg, date unknown; Anonymous gift; given to present collection, 2018.

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