Elena Damiani is a Peruvian Artist who creates installations, objects, and works on paper that focuses on the politics of space and memory. Partially trained as an architect, Damiani frequently portrays landscapes and buildings, marking them as sites of loneliness and desolation. She often draws on collage techniques and historical architecture books for inspiration, and the stone and glass in her sculptures recall the environments she studies and refracts. Her work raises questions about legacy and place in relation to monuments and the built environment.
Elena Damiani was born in 1979 in Lima, Peru. She studied Architecture at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas and subsequently transferred to the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Corriente Alterna where she graduated in Fine Arts in 2005. In 2010 she received her Masters in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Her work has been exhibited at the IV Poly/Graphic Triennial San Juan, Vienna Biennale, Venice Biennale, MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow, MOCAD Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (all 2015), Americas Society in New York, BIM Bienal de la Imagen y Movimiento in Buenos Aires (both 2014), Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, MAC Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Lima (all 2013), Government Art Collection in London (2012), Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia (2009), MAMBA Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, IVAM Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno in Valencia (both 2007), Kunstmuseum (Bonn, 2006). She has had solo shows in London, Lima, Mexico City, Madrid, Brussels and Paris.
She was awarded the Americas Society commission for a permanent site-specific installation at theDavid Rockefeller Atrium in New York (2014), the Special Mention to Video Creation at the International Festival of Digital Arts and Cultures of Gran Canaria (2006), 2nd Prize at the French-Peruvian Contest for Visual Arts Pasaporte para un Artista (2006), the Gold and Silver at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Corriente Alterna (2005), the Production Prize in the 2nd Peruvian Contest Video and Electronic Arts (2004). She currently lives and works in Copenhagen.
At OPUS together with the Nordenhake Gallery, Damiani will be presenting some of her latest works, sculptural objects that draw upon the notion of the infinite as a corruptive element that disturbs the understanding of objects making impossible to measure or calculate their limits in space and time.