this is not a home movie

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Shoes, from the series This Is Not a Home Movie, 2009/2020
8×10 inch inkjet print of digital video still from transferred VHS tape

Installation of 9 inkjet prints and audio piece exhibited in the group show REGRESS
February 6 – February 23, 2020 Curated by Jenn Dierdorf and Robert Goldkind
ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space/292 Gallery
292 East 3rd Street, New York, NY
Exhibition funded in part by the New York State Council on Arts and the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

This is not a home movie


As childhood is the time in which we are most malleable and yet the least in control, there are a wealth of forgotten moments that may affect us in greater ways than we realize. In this series, I searched through my family’s home movies, focusing on the period when I was between two and seven years old (1985-1990). I then conducted interviews with my parents recording not only their memories of my childhood, but also their recollection of documenting that time period.  Finally, I recorded their reactions as they watched these films for the first time in two decades.  In addition to extracting digital film stills from the converted VHS movies, I excerpted audio clips from the same films and the present day interviews.  I sequenced both the film stills and the audio clips in a non-linear arrangement, breaking the chronology of the original narrative in order to reference the haphazard manner in which memories are experienced.

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