The Art of Remembering
We can look at Franco Magnani's paintings and Susan Schwartzenberg's
photographs and learn something of how the faculty of visual remembering
works. Current research shows that remembering is a selective and constructive
process through which we unconsciously omit and distort much of our experience.
This process is part of the human impulse to shape the past into a meaningful
story. Franco's paintings give a setting to his story, a kind of mental
stage upon which events can be dreamed.
But remembering is not simply the isolated process of each
individual's recording, editing, and transforming information. Franco's
paintings and stories let us see one man's remembered past in the larger
context of the many events, historical and personal, that influenced it.
His art shows how the active, reconstructive process of remembering can
lend some control and understanding to the sometimes painful events of our