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About Last Night: Bill Viola's Genius Reigns Over Mana Wynwood

In the wake of ultra high expectations and a reputation that preceded the artist himself, Bill Viola took his Inverted Birth installation to new heights last night at the Mana Wynwood. And those expectations? He did not simply meet them; he exceeded them. In true Viola form, not one detail was left untouched; the result—a completely captivating sensory experience. 

Here’s how it went down: the Wynwood auditorium is entirely cloaked in purple light, with rows of clear seats facing the stage. The PhilarMIA Orchestra takes the stage across from a man (dancer Jesus Pastor) dressed in a multicolored suit. Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5 begins (conducted by Pablo Mieglo) while the man does an interpretative dance routine, then the colors fade: from bright, to dark, to red. The auditorium goes black and the video of Viola’s Inverted Birth plays. End of show. 

Simply put, it’s hard to put into words what was such a visual experience, so we’ve brought back up—namely, the photos to prove it. Check out the slideshow above for snaps from Inverted Birth, plus a look round the Mana Wynwood gallery scene at last night’s VIP opening reception.

Images taken exclusively for Milk by Cole Giordano.

Stay tuned to Milk for more news from inside Art Basel 2k16. 

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