Mnemoscape was born out of the collaboration of Alessandra Ferrini and Elisa Adami. It was founded in April 2013 as a platform dedicated to furthering research into contemporary visual culture and art practices that operate at the interstices of political and historical scrutiny, with a special focus on issues of memory, practice-based methodology and the archive.
Over the years, Mnemoscape took different formats, including curatorial projects and an online magazine. Between 2014 and 2017, we published four issues of Mnemoscape Magazine with the aim to foster practical and theoretical research, and to facilitate the production and dissemination of art projects. The two latest issues came about thanks to the contribution of an expanded editorial board, composed of Valentina Bonizzi, Yen Ooi, Jacopo Rinaldi and Kalliopi Tsipni–Kolaza.
In its current iteration, Mnemoscape is a repository of the projects we worked on between 2013 and 2017, including the contributions collected in the four issues of Mnemoscape Magazine. Alongside the archive of past projects, the page Cascades features two recent bodies of research which were both inspired by the global repercussions of the 1934-37 Abyssinian Crisis. In these two independent, but closely associated projects, we explore colonial erasures, ‘difficult heritage’, archival segregation and insurgent voices.
Mnemoscape has received support from various cultural institutions such as The International Association for Visual Culture, the Journal of Visual Culture, the University of Westminster, the Whitechapel Gallery, the Polish Cultural Institute as well as the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture.
FUNDERS & DIRECTORS
Dr. Elisa Adami is a writer and researcher based in London. Elisa is the Coordinator of Research Residency programmes at UAL’s Decolonising Art Institute, where she was postdoctoral researcher-in-residency on the programme Decolonising Archives in 2020. Elisa completed her PhD in 2019 at the Royal College of Art and now she teaches at the RCA and Kingston University. She is Associate Editor of the book series Research/Practice, published by Sternberg Press. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including the Journal of Visual Culture and Third Text, and she is a regular contributor to Art Monthly.
Alessandra Ferrini is a visual artist and researcher. Experimenting with the documentary form, her work investigates the enduring legacies of Italian colonialism and Fascism with a specific interest in the relations between Italy, theMediterranean region and the African continent. Exhibitions and screenings have included Manifesta 13 Paralléles du Sud, Sharjah Film Platform, Manifesta 12 Film Programme, Villa Romana. She was the recipient of the BFI Experimenta Pitch Award at the 2017 London Film Festival and the 2018 Mead Residency at the British School at Rome. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the University of the Arts London.
EDITORIAL BOARD 2016-17
Valentina Bonizzi (1982, Glasgow/Tirana) is an artist and researcher working with the image in all its expanded forms. Her works highlights issues of social justice in relation to hybridity, cartography and history. She holds a PhD (AHRC) from the Visual Research Centre, Dundee and among others she presented her work at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Stills Gallery in Edinburgh and her work was nominated by the AHRC as best research in film. She recently published with the Journal for Flusser Studies and the Mauritius Catalogue of the Venice Biennial. She collaborates with GRAMNet, Glasgow University, DAAR/Campus in Camps in Palestine, ALAGroup in Rome. Valentina is currently doing a research residency in Tirana, Albania.
Jacopo Rinaldi is an artist
and researcher living between Rome and Milan, where he graduated with a master’s degree in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at Naba. His research concerns the relations between memory, oblivion and architecture in the transmission of knowledge. He wrote his dissertation on the space of the Harald Szeemann archive with the collaboration of the Architecture Academy in Mendrisio (Switzerland). He also collaborated as a researcher with Hangar Bicocca and as a professor’s assistant in Painting at the Visual Arts course at Naba, Milan.
Yen Ooi holds postgraduate degrees
in English Literature and International Business, and a Bachelors degree
in Commercial Music. Having
enjoyed a vibrant career in music touring, education, and management,
Yen started writing in 2008 and is creating exciting stories in speculative and science fiction. She hopes to explore further the role of fiction in understanding humanity, inspecting
what it is that drives us forward
in our lives.Yen is co-founder of CreateThinkDo, and holds consultancy and editorial roles with various literary and publishing organisations.
Kalliopi Tsipni-Kolaza is a curator currently based between London and Athens. In the past four years she has held curatorial positions in public art institutions in London such as the Serpentine Galleries, The Architecture Foundation and the Contemporary Art Society. Recent projects include: Contingent Movements Archive a symposium and web platform presented at the 55th Venice Biennale for the inaugural Maldives Pavilion and Orange Trees that Talk, a mediated performance by Cooking Sections at the Botkyrka Konsthall in Stockholm. In August 2015 she won the Forecast Forum Competition for Emerging Talent.
Graphic designer: Veronica Adami