Elena Damiani: Ciclorama, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City

08 May 2013 - 22 September 2013


Elena Damiani

Exhibition Dates I 08/05/2013 to 22/09/2013

Museo Tamayo I Mexico City

Curated by Andrea Torreblanca

Cyclorama is an exhibition that looks into the practice of five artists interested in landscape and history as forms of representation and mediation. Through the appropriation of archives, photographs and old prints or the reconstruction of legendary histories, Matts Leiderstam, Salvatore Arancio, Elena Damiani, Cyprien Gaillard and Haris Epaminonda look into the past in a kind of fetishistic archeology. However, their interest in recording, restoring and reconfiguring the past is never fully explicit, but rather halfway between the myth and the ability to create various narratives. Cyclorama takes as a point of departure the panoramas invented by Irish painter Robert Barker with the intention to bring back the notion of perception and knowledge through ways of looking. The “panorama” as a mass medium that gave a large audience the possibility to experience other places (more often landscapes) is an idea that dislocates the modern subject before cinema was even invented. Thus, the concept of landscape is crucial in this exhibition in relation to the turn of the XVII and XVIII centuries and its relationship on how this past gaze is confronted today.

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