ALIKI CHRISTOFOROU




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ANAMNESIS

2018 - 2020

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On December 29th, 2017 I was the victim of a severe traffic accident that immobilised me in hospital for a prolonged time. Anamnesis was born from a series of black and white photos taken during this extensive hospitalisation.

When I developed the rolls of film, I discovered images that I had no memory of, or that seemed very distant and dusty, unreachable. What was revealed to me through these photographs had indeed taken place, yet it did not correspond to my perception of reality.

In order to detach the photographs from their indexical value to find the memories of this hazy period as they really exist to me in a veiled, opaque and mysterious cloud, the silver prints have been manipulated in the darkroom so as to reflect the failures of my memory, but also the paradox in which I find myself : a strong desire to forget and, at the same time, the need to remember.



Aristotle used two terms to speak of memory. On one hand there was the ‘mneme’ [μνήμη] for passive memory, that is the simple conservation of a perceived instant of one’s life, and on the other hand there was the ‘anamnesis’ [ἀνάμνησις] for active or reminiscent memory, that is the search for memories extracted from one’s previous lives. Hence, mneme is linked to the mind while anamnesis derives from the soul.

Anamnesis was the recipient of the Libraryman award 2021. View here