Virginie Maillard, Anamnésie Land, Dentist, 2009, Colour pigment print, aluminium, variable dimensions,
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Virginie Maillard, Anamnésie Land, Justice, 2009, Colour pigment print, aluminium, variable dimensions,
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Virginie Maillard, Anamnésie Land, School, 2009, Colour pigment print, aluminium, variable dimensions,
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Virginie MaillardAnamnésie Land

 

Anamnésie Land does not exist but comes from real spaces that have an old story. Brought back artificially, the neon signs convey in every image a reactivation of the memory of places, which are today in the process of reconversion or lost in the landscape. This creates a kind of dialogue between the word and the building. The signs – symbols of a society of spectacle and consumption – enhance the gaps between the original function of the building and what we could refer to as their second chance to exist in collective memory. According to the depicted spaces, there are different shifts in meaning, and these are carried out by a close relationship between several elements: the shape of the building (what it conjures), and its anchoring in history and journalistic current events. This ‘compilation’, due to emotional aspects and more objective ones, determines the interpretation of the neon sign. As for Anamnésie, it is a medical term, which refers to the history of a disease. Evoked in a metaphoric way, Anamnésie Land brings together spaces of an evolving past in the context of current crises and wars.

Virginie Maillard