New York / London / Rome
The word Anterograde means to extend forward. ‘Anterograde Amnesia’ occurs after a shock or trauma and stems the capacity to transfer new memories into long-term memory. The new looms up as hostile, fleeting, un-navigable and the sufferer is drawn back to the security of the old. An apt description of the impasse we seem to be living through at the moment, driven by Film, Television and Internet constructions of even our most recent history, causing constant minor shocks whilst often either neglecting, glorifying or simply embellishing the past.
This body of work links the Roman Empire of the 1st Century AD to the American Empire of today via London, which has served as an outpost to both. It forms an amalgamation of old and new, the decay of the past reflected in the present, breaking down constantly in order to move forward.