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Recover from Oblivion 包裹遺忘

Artist Statement

        As the youngest generation in my big family, for as long as I remember, I spent much more time than other kids staying in my grandparents’ house. When I returned home after three years of being away, I found a bookshelf in my grandparents’ garage which was overflowing with pictures of funerals, documents of ancestors, and some images of travel. My grandfather passed away when I was 4 years old. I realized the sudden death of my grandfather had led my family into chaos. Those memories were all condensed into the bookshelf. Before I found these things, my memory of him was merely a framed headshot that hung on the wall of our worship room.

        I felt so surprised when I saw his pictures of traveling to the U.S. As I dug into more of the family albums, those “new” old memories started to reconnect with me. However, society has been affected by the convenience of technology, and our family photos were being presented differently via digital mediums. As a result, I used video calls to communicate with my family and share life together via the phone screen. I took screenshots while I was talking with them, and it has become a new type of family photographs. Consequently, this body of work is an examination of the ways that social uses of photographic media in recent years have affected how we understand our family.

 

         身為大家族中的年輕一輩,自我有記憶以來,與我的同輩相比,我的生活常常是在祖父母家中度過的。當我離鄉近三年再重新回到祖父母家中,我發現一個書櫃,放在家中的車庫裡,裡面是倒置的、擺放雜亂的物件,包括了葬禮的相簿、祖先的文件、還有一些旅遊的照片。

         我的爺爺在我四歲的時候過世。我了解到,他的突然離世,帶給整個家族一片混亂,所有的記憶都濃縮在這個書櫃中。在我發現這些物品之前,我對他的記憶僅僅是那張在祭拜祖先牌位的廳堂裡,掛著的大頭照。當我看見爺爺到美國旅遊的照片,我非常的驚訝。當我挖掘出更多相簿,這些「新」的舊記憶與我有了連結。

         而現在,因為科技的便利,家庭相簿變得不同以往,轉為數位的媒介。身在他鄉,我使用視訊通話與我的家人聯繫感情,分享生活。我用手機螢幕截圖我們一起經歷的事件,而這成為了新型態的家庭相片。因此,這個專案是在考察近年來攝影媒體在社會上的使用如何影響我們對家庭的理解。

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