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Transference Zone was enacted in one of the Sonnabend’s large exhibition spaces. At one end was a waiting area with chairs and rugs. In the opposite corner stood a small ‘isolation chamber’, housing photographs of seven people who had an important place in the artist’s life, and possessions belonging to them. Acconci locked himself inside, immersing himself in the images and objects related to one of the ‘prime people’. If a viewer knocked on the door and the artist was alone, he would invite them in, responding to the visitor as if he or she were the ‘prime person’.

March 2011