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My May Cleary LaFrance, Jenifer Quinn


My research explores intergenerational connections through the creation of spatial experiences based on photographic documents depicting my grandmother. Having never met this person, I have no tangible memories attaching me to her: no sounds, no smells, nor tastes. By reviving archival images, I aim to capture her essence while evoking and carrying on conversations regarding the past with the present and future. Through the creation of this work I specifically ask the following questions: can intergenerational connections be made through the photographs of a passed family member? What lives in a photograph after a person passes? Can the creation of artistic works be used to form a better understanding of one’s origins? By reviving my familial photographic history and reconstructing a possible past through the production of objects, I invite the audience to reflect on the importance of generational relationships in a time of accelerated innovation.

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