Negotiating Amnesia

Alessandra Ferrini2015-01-01/2015-01-01


Milano, Italy

Negotiating Amnesia is an essay film based on research conducted at the Alinari Archive and the National Library in Florence. It focuses on the Ethiopian War of 1935-36 and the legacy of the fascist, imperial drive in Italy. Through interviews, archival images and the analysis of high-school textbooks employed in Italy since 1946, the film shifts through different historical and personal anecdotes, modes and technologies of representation. Organised in four chapters, (Heritage vs Memory; Photography vs Memory; Monuments vs Memory; Education vs Memory) it aims to reveal the amnesic and racial politics characteristic of this historical period and its aftermath, while exposing public and personal strategies of remembering and forgetting.


  • Title: Negotiating Amnesia
  • Creator: Alessandra Ferrini
  • Creator Lifespan: 1984
  • Creator Nationality: Italy
  • Creator Birth Place: Florence
  • Date: 2015-01-01/2015-01-01
  • working and living place of the artist: London
  • Provenance: Courtesy the artist
  • Type: Video
  • External Link: http://www.alessandraferrini.info/
  • Medium: HD Video, 30'

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