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We rediscover the work of filmmaker Alexandra Vacaroiu, who featured in the Video, Installation & Performance strand of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 Longlist:
Alexandra works across different media, all bound together by themes such as identity and memory. She likes to understand and play with feelings, moods and ways of being, creating narratives for visuals and exploring the fragility of human recollection. My favourite memory I didn’t have a photograph of is a series of images and interviews with participants, some of whom are suffering from memory loss. There was a tenacious research process behind this work, mostly completed at the Alzheimer’s Society, where Alexandra gained a better understanding of the condition and also sought advice from doctors and researchers. The main premise revolves around objects that trigger specific memories. Participants were asked to take photographs of these items with disposable cameras, revealing the stories behind them in interviews. The last stage of the project consists of a short film that recreates memories belonging to the participants that were never photographed.
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1. Alexandra Vacaroiu, My favourite memory I didn’t have a photograph of, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.