Caroline Douglas, AiR (Artist in Residence) 2010

One can say that the city itself is the collective memory of its people, and like memory, it is associated with objects and places. The city is the locus of the collective memory. Aldo Rossi, 1966

Aldo Rossi’s Cimitero di San Cataldo is the physical embodiment of collective memory. City for the Dead (2010) stands as an unfinished project in the city of Modena, Italy. The monumental modern design lays out corridors and coordinates for the dead: we are confronted with the permanence of form and the temporality of life. Transience is marked by the floral tributes, as memory is reconstructed. Yet amidst the ephemerality of this silent site, memento mori calls: new arrivals will come. Concrete spaces await them.

Silent video When Hands Speak (2010), Supplemento al Dizionario Italiano silent video explores gestures, the physicality of language and the ways in which a visual experience can often be a betrayal of the auditory experience.

AiR (Artist in Residence) 2010 booklet is available to download here

Slide show: 
Untitled, from series City of Dead – San Cataldo Cemetery, Modena, (2010) C-type
Caroline Douglas, AiR (Artist in Residence) 2010
Untitled, from series City of Dead – San Cataldo Cemetery, Modena, (2010) C-type
Untitled, from series City of Dead – San Cataldo Cemetery, Modena, (2010) C-type
Untitled, from series City of Dead – San Cataldo Cemetery, Modena, (2010) C-type
Untitled, from series City of Dead – San Cataldo Cemetery, Modena, (2010) C-type
Untitled, from series City of Dead – San Cataldo Cemetery, Modena, (2010) C-type
Untitled, from series City of Dead – San Cataldo Cemetery, Modena, (2010) C-type
Biography: 

Caroline Douglas (1984, Edinburgh) graduated from Edinburgh College of Art (BA Hons Photography) in 2006 and Glasgow School of Art (MFA) in 2010. Caroline was a Re:Create artist in residence at Stills in Edinburgh in 2008. Her international residencies include the School of the Art Institute Chicago in 2009, Fondazione Fotografia in Modena, 2010 and Proekt Fabrika in Moscow, 2011. Caroline was the recipient of the 9th Helen Keller International Award in 2011. Exhibitions include; Edinburgh, Glasgow (Scotland), London (England), Arles (France), Berlin (Germany), Baltimore, New York (USA), Krakow (Poland), Kyoto (Japan), Moscow (Russia) and Penang (Malaysia).

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