Artist ID #13: Elena Damiani

Elena Damiani

Lives and works in London, UK (b.1979, Lima, Peru)

www.elenadamiani.com

“Critical concerns regarding the conceptual significance of archives and the persistency with memory in a society fearful of forgetting have funnelled my practice and research by transforming found material into collages, sculptures, video and installations. (…) I aim to utilize identifiable structures of traditional archives so as to activate recollection and point out the potential to fragment and destabilize either remembrance as recorded, or history as written continuum of what has come to pass.” (Artist’s Statement)

Top 5 works:

The Heavens. From the Series "The Victory Atlas". Collage. 2012
The Heavens. From the Series “The Victory Atlas”. Collage. 2012
Fading Field N.1. Digital print on silk chiffon. 2012
Fading Field N.1. Digital print on silk chiffon. 2012
elenadamiani-what-once-was-3
What once was. Carved book. 2009.
Replica 1. Mixed media. 2011
Replica 1. Mixed media. 2011
Untitled. From the Series Readings. Collage. 2011 (1)
Untitled. From the Series “Readings”. Collage. 2011

“The character of my work oscillates from the found to the constructed, the factual to the invented, and the personal to the public. (…) This [my practice] is driven by a concern in identifying which are the qualities that transform an ordinary object into a collective landmark, what triggers memory or encourages the viewer to perceive some sort of historical value in cultural artefacts, comprehend the processes in contemporary monumentalization, and address the fractured linearity of the ever-changing territory that is the past through the eyes of the present.” (Artist’s Statement)

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