Vanessa Berry is a writer who works with history, memory and archives. She is the author of three books, including Mirror Sydney: an atlas of reflections (Giramondo, 2017), which includes the award-winning essay ‘Excavating St Peters’ (Woollahra Digital Literary Award, 2017). Mirror Sydney won the Mascara Avant-Garde Literary Award in 2018. She is the author of the memoirs Ninety9 (Giramondo, 2013) and Strawberry Hills Forever (Local Consumption 2007).
Vanessa’s work draws on official and unofficial archives to examine expressions of memory in places and physical objects. She works with libraries, museums, and individual collections of objects and ephemera. Her writing has been commissioned by major Australian institutions such as the Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Sydney and the Powerhouse Museum. Recent commissioned work includes the essay ‘Time Machines’, on timekeeping technologies as memory devices, which was published in the essay collection ‘Time and Memory’ (Powerhouse Museum 2018), and a feature catalogue essay for the contemporary visual arts exhibition The National 2019.
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