"In Mapping Memories Anna Ádám and Sally O'Neill study the transformations and the movements of the urban environment of post-Soviet capitals (Berlin, Budapest, Prague, Vilnius, Yerevan…) since the independence till 2014. Through subjective histories, personal narratives and anecdotes of the inhabitants they elaborate a series of spatio-temporal maps. In the frame of a collective project, Anna Ádám's embroidered fiber maps are in a second phase "activated" by the choreographer/dancer Sally O'Neill. Anna Ádám's map that is shown at the Montrouge Art Fair represents the 4th district of Budapest with it's major transformations from the past 25 years.
- The use of fiber is recurrent in your work.
- The fiber is a support for "writing", a surface for projecting - mentally and physcially - as well as a flexible, supple material to model, to sculpt forms in-situ, directly on the wall of the exhibition spaces. It also allows me to use thread as ink in a process of "visual writing".
- The question of language is in the heart of the Mapping Memories project.
- Definitely. In each map there are three languages : the oral language, the one of the recorded stories which I translate into the language of forms, and the one which is translated by Sally O'Neill into movements. Instead of "translating" we should rather speak of "translating-interpreting" because each phase corresponds to a new subjectivity.
- Languages in progress, in movement...
- Yes, and the installation as well. The initial form corresponds to the topographical characteristics described by the inhabitants/narrators. But when Sally "activates" the map, she gives it a new form after each intervention. The map changes not only it's status (from art work to prop, from costume to a scenery set or to a dance partner) but also it's form.
- Your work shows the movements, the transformations and the "mutations" of post-Soviet cities in the course of time and stories.
- Yes, each installation/composition can be re-red and re-interpreted as a musical or choregraphical note after each activation."
Source: Anna Ádám about the Mapping Memories project
Mapping Memories © 2014. Collaboration between Anna Ádám and Sally O'Neill