Alessandra Cianelli is a researcher, artist, and cultural practitioner. Her research develops into works at the intersection of private and collective memory practices, through the production of video, audio, texts, installations, performances and lectures. Her most recent project, Il Paese Delle Terre D’Oltremare (The Land of Overseas Territories), explores colonial archives, focusing on the monumental exhibition complex Mostra D’Oltremare in Naples. A member of the Centre for Postcolonial and Gender Studies at the Oriental University, she founded the Dormire foundation in 2014, an informal residence project for artists, thinkers and researchers.
Running time: 30′
Original format: HD Video 16:9
Projection Format: HD File/DCP, Stereo
Directors: Alessandra Cianelli and Opher Thomson
Subject and Screenplay: Alessandra Cianelli
Photography, Editing, Sound: Opher Thomson
Voice: Alessandra Cianelli
Produced by: Opher Thomson and Alessandra Cianelli
Country of origin: Italy
Eighty years have passed since the monumental exhibition of Elsewhere was inaugurated and then quickly closed again in Naples. A lifetime. The discovery of a family letter launches a journey to find the missing grandfather who disappeared overseas that same year in that same war, setting out from the overgrown ruins and remains of the exhibition complex — archives hidden in plain sight. An exploration of wonder and longing, and of the cultural formation and persistence of western colonial thought.