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Sandy Amerio (born October 4, 1973) is a film director, visual artist, researcher and writer.
Sandy Amerio studied video at the école supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole (1996 to 1999) and film directing at Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporains (2000 to 2002). She currently lives and works in Berlin and Paris.
In her first movie Surfing on (our) History (2000), Amerio confronts her family with its own image. The film develops contemporary drama themes such as the loss of grip on History and raises the fundamental question : to what degree are we really actors of our own lives ?
The video Waiting Time /Romania (2001) also features non actors playing their own role, this time in the economically depressed Romania and gypsy community.
But Sandy Amerio is most renowned for introducing the business Storytelling concept in France in 2004 with her film Hear me, children-yet-to-be-born.Hear me, children-yet-to-be-born (2004) features Nancye Ferguson, James C.Burns (and Black Sifichi as voice-over) in a Death Valley corporate tale. The movie bridges a notion of the American collective unconscious with a fascination for narrative, drawing from such seemingly diverse sources as the business world, the Bible and the events of September 11, 2001. Amerio cuts deep into the heartless cost-benefit analysis of corporate storytelling, and her experimental approach pays off.
In the video Basement (2006), filmed at the Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, NY, Sandy Amerio’s voice-over reveals the deeply heterogeneous nature of our realities and its tragedy.
Between 2008 and 2010 she worked with the French writer Patrick Bouvet on the performance Wandering Souls. Mixing poetical texts, graphic works and music, Sandy Amerio and Patrick Bouvet revisit, through this reading/audiovisual performance, how the United States constructed interior and exterior enemies. Wandering Souls reinvents itself with each new performance, browsing through History, from the Second World War to the present day, from horror films to amateur videos.
Sandy Amerio worked also on stage acting her own texts accompanied with the experimental musician Jean-Marc Montera (Director of the GRIM in Marseille). An album called L'Hôtesse has been published in 2011.
Between 2010 and 2012 Sandy Amerio was asked by the école supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole to join a group of researchers (named F For Real) to investigate on how Reality and Fiction interact in contemporary art and cinema fields. Sandy Amerio, who refuses to use the hackneyed terms Reality and Fiction, starts then a creation process named Restage Replay Reload, with Hiroki Nakazato, Japanese Second World War reenactor.
Sandy Amerio is an anthropologist of representations and stories. She deciphers the patterns given by society : impact, resurgence, evolution, and analyzes the way in which certain social phenomenon help construct the world’s collective unconscious.
- Kevin Temple, "One freaky corporate fable", NOW, February 16–23, 2006
- Amerio, Sandy (2004). Storytelling, sensitive index for non representative agora. Paris: Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Espace Paul Ricard. ISBN 2005384087 Check