ELENA DAMIANI

 

 

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I. From the Series Far-off, drafting what has come to pass. Collage. 2012

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II. From the Series Far-off, drafting what has come to pass. Collage. 2012


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III. From the Series Far-off, drafting what has come to pass. Collage. 2012



Found images of the ruins of Petra in Jordan, the historic site of Mount Behistun in Iran, the Minaret of Samarra, the ruins of Firuzabad in Iran, the Fortress of Al-Ukhaidir in Iraq, archeological debris of Capernaum in Israel and Mosque of Ibn Tulun located in Cairo are repositioned onto natural landscapes originally found in Atlas Histórico Geográfico y de Paisajes Peruanos, a limited edition Atlas of Peru edited between the 60s and 70s.

The historic constructions of the ancient Middle East are layered against remote Peruvian sceneries where both natural and artificial elements are protagonists. The fusion of elements of two different locations arises as a new territorial portrait of presumably strong mechanisms that trigger memories of locations that didn't exist in the past as a whole but as distant individual parts that are now placed together. These images of fictional settings have a comparable affect to the one of ancient ruins appealing to collective memory; they invoke nostalgia for times that have come to pass.