Describing Architecture

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Remember to Forget / Martina Cleary


Archival Pigment Prints
Series, 410 x 520mm each


This work is about a journey of return to Helsinki in December 2012, to reclaim memories attached to certain buildings and locations in the city, in particular the island of Suomenlinna in Helsinki harbour.

Using photography, psychogeographical mapping and text, the work explores how memory is interwoven with certain buildings, streets and places, generating complex affective mnemospheres linking both the inner and outer life. I use the term mnemosphere to describe the psychological process where the outer environment is infused with an affective overlay that lingers like an afterimage or double exposure induced by material traces.