ELENA DAMIANI

 

 

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Scale is not a univocal concept like a measurement or a dimension; it is an ambivalent capacity for relation. We have an inherent predisposition to relate scale to the constant of the human body. By increasing the scale of an object we can produce a shift in its perception, from a private, intimate, or even compressed appreciation to a more public and physical one. Objects with monumental scale involve further stipulations necessary for their apprehension than objects smaller than the body, such as the consideration of the space in which they exist. An object can be shifted into miniature or gigantic in relation to other elements within the construction of social reality. But while the miniature presents us with an analogy of a world within world, the gigantic presents an analogy of a world that doesn’t fit its context, a world without a world.

The ambiguity of scale and subject matter in ‘Archaeologies of the involuntary memory’ -the lack of any referential elements that indicate the real proportion of the photographed objects-, and the uncertainty of the subject portrayed -neither nature, nor ruin, but a hypothetic trace left by previous civilization without revealing evidence of any sort of humanity- generates a space for interpretation where the observer wanders looking beyond the frozen event and consequently works out diverse readings in an attempt to reconstruct what has been photographed.



Elena Damiani art ruins photograph involuntary memory

Km.32 Central Highway, Lima, N1. Lightjet print. 2010

Elena Damiani art ruins photograph involuntary memory

Km.32 Central Highway, Lima, N2. Lightjet print. 2010

Elena Damiani art ruins photograph involuntary memory

Km.35 Belaunde Terry Highway, Lima. Lightjet print. 2010

Elena Damiani art ruins photograph involuntary memory

Km. X. Lightjet print. 2010

Miniscule and ordinary subjects are portrayed outside their original context, with misleading locations as titles, in order to confer to them a certain monumental character and probably some kind of historical value. The complexity of these works resides in the balance within the given and reserved information, where an image appears straightforward at first sight but then becomes odd hinting some sort of misplacement when contemplated.

 


Reconstruction - Site specific installation


elena damiani art architecture ruins collage goldsmiths
Km.32 Central Highway, Lima, N1 (Reconstruction)
From the Series Archeologies of the involuntary memory
Prints on found antique prints. 2010