Memory Palace


Johnny Kelly Image from V&A website

Memory Palace at the V&A has a fantastic exhibition concept: 20 illustrators and artists express one dystopian story, written by Hari Kunzru. I would recommend this exhibition to anyone interested in visual narratives. The exhibiton ends with the opportunity to add your own memory to the collection.

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Please click on the images for a closer look.

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Stefanie PosavecImage from V&A website

‘Ideas,’ he said, ‘are not things. They are what you have instead of things. Instead of the good solid wood of this table. Instead of the water I know you crave’.


Luke PearsonImage from V&A website

Luke Pearson‘s comic book style illustrations across one wall was a favourite of mine. The placement of the drawings expressed as much as the drawings themselves – expressing ascending stairs, or tumbling down them. Brilliantly he conveys being blindfolded and the blindingness of being unblindfolded, simply in black and white, without captions necessary.

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Oded Ezer‘s work stood out for me, as well: his series of eight films describing a different concept in the dystopian land were visually humorous. I guessed he was Israeli from the type of humour.

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Unfortunately I can’t find films from the exhibition online, but here is another video of Oded Ezer’s work.

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