Jacob Alexander Lange
Strategies for Forgetting
Strategies for Forgetting is an alternative representation of the family album, an expression of what is left behind when familial memory and family photography simultaneously fail us due to the impact of physical and psychological trauma. The concept is explored through the abstract photo-sculptural representations of the artist’s own damaged domestic photographs. These were discovered by chance in a photo album outside of his deceased father’s trailer house in rural Florida, 13 years after his father’s sudden and violent death. Weathered beyond recognition, these fragile images have been scanned, printed, and combined with concrete to create memorial objects of renewed agency and materiality, in counterpoint to their otherwise ephemeral nature. They also act as paradoxical monuments to the need to both remember and forget that trauma brings about.
Abbey Bratcher • Shane Hynan • Jacob Alexander Lange • George Robb • Niamh Smith • George Voronov •