My Darlene, A Redacted History
Drawing from the healing processes of phototherapy, this work explores past memories belonging to my mother, Darlene. It investigates how her childhood memories contradict the evidential force that is her 'family album'. Her adolescent experiences are constructed around the trauma of witnessing domestic abuse between her parents. As a result, she remains detached from many of the family photographs present in the albums her mother created - they do not depict the childhood or domestic atmosphere she remembers. I aimed to expose the tensions and hidden traumas within Darlene's family album while trying to preserve a sense of my family's history. The photographs were produced in an attempt to further bond with my mother through getting to know my heritage. I constructed a safe environment in order to give her the space to explore these memories, while deconstructing the codes and conventions of photographed family celebrations to reveal a narrative that was concealed, until now.
Emer Agnew • Bridgeen Coney • Sarah Craig • Luke Davis • Siobhan Ferguson • Ryan Hamilton • Jenny Hanson • Conall Kearney • Ileagh Kerr • Edward King • Ryan Lee • Stephanie Maguire • Connie Murphy • Cliona O'Hanlon •