Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC
“Anamnesis (The Opposite of Forgetting)” is a book in the form of a wall papered with postings, placards, maps and a video. Texts and images evoke emotional, psychological, and dream events integrally connected to places in the city.
In this installation, Silverberg creates descriptive and emotional responses to built spaces. She made hundreds of sheets of handmade paper, embedded with maps and detritus from locations, collected when walking in the city. The postings were then printed, drawn, sewn, cut, pulped, painted, and collaged; some papers are translucent and tinted, with emotions color-coded according to experience. Content includes memories and dreams of places, others’ stories, forgotten spaces, vocalized naming, and healing words.
Many of these pieces were posted at specific locations to continue the dialogue with the site and create and document interventions.
The looped video shows a camera’s journey down Silverberg’s throat to her vocal chords, done with the help of voice therapist, Amanda Hembree.