Annalisa Sonzogni

Research Group: Research Cities, Architecture, Landscape, Environment
Award studied: PhD

Project title

Reconfiguration of interior spaces. An investigation through photography and site-specific installation


My PhD is based in studio practice; I use my projects to make a contribution to photographic practice in the context of an inquiry into architectural and interior space. Using an experimental approach, I will examine the mechanisms of site-specific installation in photography, drawing on contemporary architectural debates around relationships between image and space, as well as debates in fine art around participatory practices involving installation. The focus and physical context for this inquiry is a former Lilian Baylis school, built in 1964 by the Architects' Co-Partnership (ACP) for the London County Council in the Borough of Lambeth. It served its function as a school up until 2005 and after that it has been used for community programmes. In 2011 the site, by now Grade II listed, was acquired by Henley Homes Plc, who restored and converted the buildings into new homes in close liaison with English Heritage and planning and conservation teams.

A theoretical strand of thought anchors my project: collective memory and visual memory. As Aldo Rossi states: 'It is important to know the mechanism of transformation and above all to establish how we can act in this situation – not, I believe, through the total control of the process of change'.

As a photographer, I take up Rossi's idea of acting as a way of tracing a process of transformation, and also using these traces as a form of site-specific intervention as an action in relation to this transformation. These aspects of transformation inform my current work of making visible the memory of a place through photography and its spatial installation, engaging viewers in this process.


Related links


University of Cambridge, Department of Architecture, 2012
Re-appropriation: La Casa del Fascio

Funding received

Kingston University, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture Scholarship Award

RCA, Photography, EU Funding

Classroom 2013 © Annalisa Sonzogni