How this has to be told

How This Has To Be Told


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. The 29 slides have each a narration. The accumulation of these voices questions the content of the pictures and further talks about how we use family pictures and their relationship to truth.

Installation view.

Installation view.



Year: 2016
Duration: 43 minutes
Medium: 35mm slides synched to soundtrack and digital projection.
Language: Audio in English and Spanish with English subtitles.


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. 



Complete digital screener of the piece, requires password.


I wrote a book of essays about topics surrounding this project.
Published by the International Center of Photography and Bard College.
83 color pages.
Printed by Conveyor. 
PDF requires password.