Influenced by her partial training as an architecture student, Elena Damiani uses landscape and building materials to explore themes of memory and loss in her diverse practice. Reading II is an artifact from “The Second Treasury of Stanleth,” a two-part solo exhibition that documented the topography of a fictitious place called “Stanleth” and the natural disaster that engulfed it. Presented like an archive, the exhibition took place at Selma Feriani Gallery, London, and Elaine Lévy Project, Brussels. Damiani also participated in the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Selma Feriani Gallery, UK
About Elena Damiani
Born in Peru, educated in London, and currently based in both Lima and Copenhagen, Elena Damiani creates installations, objects, and works on paper that focus on the politics of space and memory. Partially trained as an architect, Damiani frequently portrays landscapes and buildings, marking them as sites of loneliness and desolation. She often draws on collage techniques and historical architecture books for inspiration, and the stone and glass in her sculptures recall the environments she studies and refracts. Her work raises questions about legacy and place in relation to monuments and the built environment. Damiani recently won a commission to create an installation in the David Rockefeller Atrium in New York City.
Peruvian, b. 1972, Peru, based in Copenhagen, Denmark and Lima, Peru