Negotiating Amnesia

HD video, 2015, 30 minutes

 

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.

 

Negotiating Amnesia was presented at the latest edition of the Festival dei Popoli, International Documentary Film Festival (Nov-Dec 2015, Florence) as a collateral exhibition that took place at  P.A.C. Le Murate (Florence). The final exhibition consisted of an installation within which the film was showcased. Titled Notes on Historical Amnesia, the installation displayed the research process behind the film and it was conceived as a 'work-in-progress' activated and transformed by a series of workshops with high school students.