Valentina Ferrandes is an Italian artist currently based in Berlin. She gained a BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, where she graduated in 2009. In 2008 she was selected to take part in a residency programme at China Academy of Art. Since 2008 her work has been shown internationally in galleries and film festivals, including the European Media Art Festival Osnabrueck, Director`s Lounge, Berlin, the Eastern Bloc Centre for New Media & Interdisciplinary Art, Montreal, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, and Rencontres Internationales, Paris.
Using archive footage shot by the anthropologist De Martino, The Oyster Effect develops into a collage of historical references. The portrayal of women and hysteria is juxtaposed with built environments, architectural spaces, landscape, all with their own narration. A journey that challenges linearity and historicity attempts to bridge the specific representations of women’s subjectivity as products of their cultural environments in northern and southern Europe. This journey is persistently negated by the conflicting relationship between image and narration.