Keepsake: family secrets
Keepsake is a personal project that explores the nature of truthfulness and representation within the family album. It contains a collection postcards individually wrapped in envelopes that are held together with silver ribbon. Each post card is a representation of an aspect within my family archive that is either a misrepresentation, an unexpressed sadness, or indicates an unexplained mystery.
In using appropriated images taken from my archive combined with images that I have taken to accompany them I explore wider connotations surrounding the nature of the family archive and its cultural purpose as a vernacular socio-historical document. As part of this project I shall also consider the important role that the keepers of these family documents have. Often it is the female family members that traditionally curate the family archive and this has an important cultural effect on the content of these documents. I shall discuss the arbitrary nature of this selective editing by altering the juxtaposition of images and by adding text to them. In this way I am creating a personal version of this edit to mirror my own understanding of the family’s narrative.