About this project
How this has to be told digs into family photos and mementos to question how much they reveal and how much they silence. Meaning is destabilized as narratives accumulate on the surface of the images across generations and time. Why can't our family recordings just be images? Why do we burden them with so much responsibility of being something else?
The piece consists of a 35mm slideshow synched to sound. 29 slides are shown in 43 min. Each slide had a narration. The accumulation of this voices talking about the pictures questions the content of the pictures and further talks about how we use family pictures and their relationship to truth.
The slideshow includes collaborations with Tamara Argamasilla, Sasha Bush, Aline Enríquez, Dustin Nakao Haider, Riley Hooper, Aline Hubard, Gülsüm Kavuncu, Minny Lee, Allyson Lupovich, Sam Margevicius, Groana Melendez, Irene Melis, Bia Monteiro, Alejandro Naranjo Juárez, Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval, Ofelia Naranjo Sandoval, Marie Louise Omme, Matthew Papa, Verónica Puche, Ofelia Sandoval López, Kat Shannon, Katrina Lillian Sorrentino, Marisa Sottos, Jessica Thalmann, Andrea Toca, and Cristina Velásquez.
Pictures from family recordings by Alejandro Naranjo Juárez and Ofelia Sandoval López.
I wrote a book of essays about topics surrounding this project.
International Center of Photography and Bard College. 83 color pages. Printed by Conveyor.
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