Aug 5, 2013 / 5 notes

Elena Damiani

Victory Atlas, 2012

The works draw on the traditional function of maps as navigation aids and illustrations of the physical features of a locality, but also to their ability to tell a story and describe a territory subjectively. Where traditional maps intend to record and present accurate representations of a space or topology, these cartographic diagrams document not the territory but the image of this one in order to state that images can replace written narratives and be sufficient carriers of information.

The title of the series refers to a 1920’s British Atlas published by Geographia from where the maps were taken from. The outdated content of the found maps has been superseded by images of landscapes. The veiled sections of these maps translate as surfaces of erasure where the original content vanishes to become the background of natural landscapes in geometrical compositions. Although two-dimensional, the collages show informational layers that deepen form the nostalgic black and white sceneries to factual graphics of 1920’s developing world. The result is a new set of maps, which no longer intend to fulfill their primary function as true representations of a physical space but instead as subjective illustrations of the world as a mental place.

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