ELENA DAMIANI

 

 

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The works draw on the traditional function of maps as navigation aids and illustrations of the physical features of a locality, but also to their ability to tell a story and describe a territory subjectively. Where traditional maps intend to record and present accurate representations of a space or topology, these cartographic diagrams document not the territory but the image of this one in order to state that images can replace written narratives and be sufficient carriers of information.


the-heavens

The Heavens. From the Series 'The Victory Atlas'. Collage. 2012

the-world-1

The World 1. From the Series 'The Victory Atlas'. Collage. 2012

the-world-2

The World 2. From the Series 'The Victory Atlas'. Collage. 2013

the-world-in-hemispheres

The World In Hemispheres. From the Series 'The Victory Atlas'. Collage. 2013

elena_damiani_the_victory_atlas_Mexico

Mexico. From the Series 'The Victory Atlas'. Collage. 2013

elena_damiani_the_victory_atlas_Europe

Europe. From the Series 'The Victory Atlas'. Collage. 2013

elena_damiani_the_victory_atlas_The_World_3

The World 3. From the Series 'The Victory Atlas'. Collage. 2013

elena_damiani_the_victory_atlas_The_World_Time_Zones_cables_Wireless_Stations

The World Time Zones, Cables & Wireless Stations. From the Series 'The Victory Atlas'. Collage. 2013

elena_damiani_the_victory_atlas_The_Heavens_2

The Heavens 2. From the Series 'The Victory Atlas'. Collage. 2013

elena_damiani_the_victory_atlas_North_Polar_Regions

North Polar Regions. From the Series 'The Victory Atlas'. Collage. 2013

elena_damiani_the_victory_atlas_South_Polar_Regions

South Polar Regions. From the Series 'The Victory Atlas'. Collage. 2013


The title 'The Victory Atlas' refers to a 1920's British Atlas published by Geographia from where the maps were taken from. The outdated content of the found maps has been superseded by images of landscapes. The veiled sections of these maps translate as surfaces of erasure where the original content vanishes to become the background of natural landscapes in geometrical compositions. The result is a new set of maps, which no longer intend to fulfill their primary function as true representations of a physical space but instead as subjective illustrations of the world as a mental place.