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Alessandra Ferrini 

Artist, researcher, educator

Alessandra Ferrini is a London-based artist, researcher and educator. Her practice is rooted in lens-based media, postcolonial theory, memory and critical whiteness studies, historiographical and archival practices. Experimenting with the expansion and hybridization of the documentary film, she interrogates the enduring legacies of colonialism and Fascism with a specific interest in the past and present network of relations between Italy, the Mediterranean region and the African continent. She has exhibited internationally, including at: Casablanca Biennal (2021); Manifesta 13 Paralléles du Sud Marseille (2020); Villa Romana (solo show 2019); Depo Istanbul Biennal Collaterale (2019); Lagos Biennal (2019); Sharjah Foundation Film Platform (2019); Manifesta 12 Film Programme (2018).

www.alessandraferrini.info

Alessandra Ferrini is a London-based artist, researcher and educator. Her practice is rooted in lens-based media, postcolonial theory, memory and critical whiteness studies, historiographical and archival practices. Experimenting with the expansion and hybridization of the documentary film, she interrogates the enduring legacies of colonialism and Fascism with a specific interest in the past and present network of relations between Italy, the Mediterranean region and the African continent. She has exhibited internationally, including at: Casablanca Biennal (2021); Manifesta 13 Paralléles du Sud Marseille (2020); Villa Romana (solo show 2019); Depo Istanbul Biennal Collaterale (2019); Lagos Biennal (2019); Sharjah Foundation Film Platform (2019); Manifesta 12 Film Programme (2018).

www.alessandraferrini.info

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Negotiating Amnesia, intervista a Alesandra Ferrini

Firenze, Festival dei Popoli, 3 Dicembre 2015.
Vittorio Iervese intervista Alessandra Ferrini, regista di "Negotiating Amnesia " . Web Tv a cura di Eleonora Guerri e Nicola Leone.

Festival dei Popoli 2015 - Interview with Alessandra Ferrini
Negotiating Amnesia, intervista a Alesandra Ferrini

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Negotiationg Amnesia

The exhibition, created in collaboration with the 56th Festival dei Popoli - International Festival of Documentary Film - and the Alinari Archives, reflects on a dark chapter in Italian history: colonialism in East Africa.

Negotiationg Amnesia

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NEGOTIATING AMNESIA

In collaboration with 56° Festival dei Popoli – International Documentary Film Festival - and the Alinari Archive, the exhibition presents a meditation on a semi-forgotten chapter of Italian history: colonialism. Through the production of an essay film and a pedagogical project, the artist-researcher Alessandra Ferrini reveals the legacies of the Italian occupation of East Africa and the perception of this historical period, too often a blind-spot within Italian collective memory. Investigating public and private politics of memory and amnesia, the project stems from an analysis of images from the Alinari Archive, of monuments and memorials linked to the colonial past as well as of history textbooks used in Italian high-schools from 1946 to today. The exhibition will present the film and an installation that, while revealing the artist's research process, will function as a work-in-progress, which will be activated by workshops with high school students. The exhibition is curated by Livia Dubon.

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 controversial memory and racist politics characteristic of this historical period and its aftermath, while exposing public and personal strategies of remembering. The film is intended as a performance of a process of self-teaching, becoming aware of the manipulations and silences intrinsic in this history – in order to reflect on personal and collective accountability towards colonial violence.

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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 controversial memory and racist politics characteristic of this historical period and its aftermath, while exposing public and personal strategies of remembering. The film is intended as a performance of a process of self-teaching, becoming aware of the manipulations and silences intrinsic in this history – in order to reflect on personal and collective accountability towards colonial violence.

In its first iteration, Negotiating Amnesia was presented at the 56thFestival dei Popoli, International Documentary Film Festival (Nov-Dec 2015, Florence) as a collateral exhibition that took place at  MAD Murate Art District(Florence). The exhibition presented the film alongside the installation Notes on Historical Amnesia, which displayed the research process and was conceived as a learning resource to be activated and transformed by a series of workshops with high school students. The film was deconstructed to explore its pedagogical potential. Most surfaces were painted in blackboard paint so that the students could intervene on them. Through a teachers’ pack and a workshop, they were introduced to methods for the analysis of images and texts, in order to empower them with the instruments to approach and deconstruct historical and documentary practices in a critical way.

NEGOTIATING AMNESIA

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Negotiating Amnesia

'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 controversial memory and racist politics characteristic of this historical period and its aftermath, while exposing public and personal strategies of remembering. The film is intended as a performance of a process of self-teaching, becoming aware of the manipulations and silences intrinsic in this history - in order to reflect on personal and collective accountability towards colonial violence.

“Negotiating Amnesia”, dir. Alessandra Ferrini, 2015 (ita subs)
Negotiating Amnesia

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