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Journeys Of Remembrance

Erika Tan
2008

single channel video work

Journeys Of Remembrance

As part of a new series of works on journeys, Journeys of Remembrance uses photographs taken in 1993 during a trip made by my father, brother and myself to our ancestral village in Fujian Province, China. With the passing of time the authorship of these images has become obscured and their status as aide-memoire exposed for the subjectivity inherent in looking at, reading, and giving voice to the image. The image becomes yet another source of subjective interpretation and in this work is voiced through the narratives of 3 speakers, who are in fact performing the acts of reading and interpreting- literally. The voice-overs have been produced from an interview between the 3 individuals who took the original trip, the interview then transcribed and read back with simultaneous translations into Hokkien, Spanish, Portuguese, English and Mandarin- or their approximate and often faltering equivalents.

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