Daria Martin and the Lost Dream Diaries

Daria Martin and the Lost Dream Diaries
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A dreamlike and mysterious environment takes shape in the Curve Gallery at the Barbican Centre, in an archive of diaries that contain lost dreams. Creating all this is the cinematographic technology associated with computer gaming with which American contemporary artist and film-maker Daria Martin transforms the memories of her grandmother, artist Susi Stiassni - escaped, along with her family, from Czechoslovakia, under the imminent threat of Nazi occupation - in unusual art installations. Video, surreal dialogues and citations are drawn from the over-ten-thousand pages through which, for over 35 years, her grandmother composed her diary of dreams. Entering the exhibition space, the visitors are greeted by the projection of a film followed by another film, shot with actors, which proposes taking a new look at five important dreams, which urge the exploration of the inter-generational trauma of the Holocaust, migration, loss and resilience. Investigating a sort of “back room”, the installation plays with the large semi-circular wall of the exhibition space, offering the possibility of a cinematographic journey made up of successive revelations.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London