The Remnants of Yesterday, 2021, a set of 21gelatine silver prints, porcelain, single-channel video 

The Remnants of Yesterday

The work is inspired by the observation of grandmother's daily practice of flipping the same photo album over and over in an attempt to recall to her faltering memory of the dearest people in her life. Having found the very cheongsam (a traditional garment of Chinese women) patched together from odds and ends by grandmother in the first family portrait from the album, I pressed it against a thin clay slab indexically recording each crease of the fabric, along with myriad memories of grandmother as the caretaker of the family.

I transformed the photographic process into a process of diary writing. In an attempt to echo that of grandmother's memory practice in struggling with amnesia. I repeatedly developed the translucent porcelain plate into a series of gelatin silver photos in range of shades. By bridging two mediums that both embrace timelessness, I highlight the delicate, unstable relations between the attempts to recall and the memories one could actually hold on to.

 

外婆遺失了記憶,一本相簿反覆看了又看,務要記起自己以及平生最親近的人。把昨日重看一遍,補充明日記憶的空白。

 

我以相簿中第一張全家幅作參照。相中的外婆當天所穿的長衫,是她以家中的碎布所自家縫製。這物載有外婆平生作為母親、照顧者的身份與角色。

 

我把這長衫於瓷⽚上以壓印的⽅式作記錄,把痕跡化做⼀道光,烙印於銀鹽相紙之上。

 

瓷和相皆有存留⾄永久之意。我以這物質互換的過程,於記錄與消減之間,呈現記憶(名詞)與回憶(動詞)之間的關係與脆弱。

 

記憶非獨立存在,是所對應之事物的⼀個倒影。風流動,倒影模糊了。

 

 

 



Image courtesy of Tai Kwun Contemporary. Photo: Kwan Sheung Chi.
圖片由大館當代美術館提供。展場攝影:關尚智