ELENA DAMIANI

 

 

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the second treasury of stanleth gatefolds 1

Untitled. From the Series "Gatefolds". Mixed media. 2011

the second treasury of stanleth gatefolds 2

Untitled. From the Series "Gatefolds". Mixed media. 2011

the second treasury of stanleth gatefolds 3

Untitled. From the Series "Gatefolds". Mixed media. 2011



The triptych is part of a set of fabricated records that trace diverse elements and actions within a particular territory. These 3 compositions illustrate the presence and absence of traces that compose this fabricated archive (the incompleteness of the presented material), and hints towards the manner in which the whole body has been constructed, stressing that we should not seize a document just as it is presented to us but rather look at the process of creation. Gatefolds I, II and III present a fractional picture of Stanleth; these layered works reveal only portions of the landscape and fragments of text that become almost illegible when folded. They record only what is being shown and not what supposedly was there. The ambiguous and fragmentary character of this material underlines the interrupted history of the site it depicts. There is no univocal or determined logic within this archive; it designates a territory where diverse imagined narratives can take place.




Gatefolds. Installation view. 2011