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Commonalities is a video work that investigates the long established relationship between memory and photography through the use of Super 8 footage and found photography. By exhibiting Super 8 footage depicting scenes of my father and his family during the 60s and 70s, alongside film slides collected from deceased estates, I have attempted to construct fictional narratives in order to promote a new dialogue between the footage and the imagery. Highlighting the physical similarities between the two, I aim to address themes of collective memory, playing on the belief that the genericness of family albums allow them to be interchangeable with others.


Amongst the similarities in physical appearance, there is a shared sense of dislocation that permeates from both the film footage and found imagery. Despite the film footage documenting familial relations directly linked to me, I have very little knowledge of the subjects represented. This detachment to the subjects is comparable to the process of viewing the slides collected from deceased estates as the subjects do not resonate with the new owner. Commonalities attempts to question our capacity as viewers to consider imagery outside the boundaries of its original context through the creation of fictional narratives and re-constructed memories.


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