The practice of archiving started roughly ten years ago, as an imperative to record “evidences” of a new life experience that was just unfolding – the “self-imposed exile”.
Freshly landed from my hometown in Transylvania to an unknown Paris, in the winter of 2008, being granted a scholarship for artistic research, i found myself as the days went by, bit by bit constrained to inhibit most of direct connections with my native country, starting with the use of language. I embraced my new existence in France, trying to assimilate and absorb as much as i could from the new surroundings.
The interrogation and understanding of the new order in my life took on my artistic practice and transferred the exploration of the identity and the mechanisms of the intimacy to the core of my work. I started to amass and archive the items that would describe my “striving” throughout the day (train/bus/tram tickets, bills, medical receipts, notes, food packages…), in a frantic attempt to “freeze” and preserve the “hard facts” of a singular mythology in progress: my own.
By collecting / classifying and finally displaying objects that are inherent to the “individual mythology” – either having crossed the owner´s path or being closely affiliated to their personal history – the memory-atlas opens a reflection towards the boundaries and connections between the aspects of materiality of the memory and the gesture of forsaking, offering or publicly disclosing a personal item.
©Luiza Mogosanu | Berlin 2018
THE ART OF MEMORY
An ongoing installation
THE ART OF MEMORY: taxonomy
SILBER UND GOLD
PHOTOGRAPHS OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Photos: © das Graufeld
© Luiza Mogosanu 2018