Intimate Relics from the Museum of Saudade
Memory is a collection of faded exhibits, preserved to guide and mislead; unreliable memorabilia.
The titles are clichés, restored to significance by specific personal example; they address a desire to translate the personal into the universal.
Saudade is a Portuguese word that describes a deep emotional state of nostalgia for something or somebody now absent. It can be about the recollection of experiences that once brought pleasure, which now help one re-live the moment. It can also imply an emptiness, for it has an essentially bitter-sweet quality; the sometimes repressed knowledge that the object of nostalgia will never return.
This work refers to the nature of photography itself; its unique ability to record and recall, to both enhance and create memories, whether accurate or not. The visual style suggests the museum environment of the mid-twentieth century; a time when photography could be relied upon to faithfully record and re-present the specimens placed before the camera. The materials and techniques used are entirely analogue from image capture to print production.
The labels parody those found on museum specimens: Title, Description and Provenance.