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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.





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