Fossils (2016)

The word ‘photogenic’ is formed from two Greek words; phos as ‘light’, and genesis as ‘produced’. Thereby photography often described as illusion of light or light drawing. Michael Wilson describe that photography is ‘the art of fixing shadow.’(Wilson,pp28) Which shadow, considered to be the representation of one’s trace or the proof of existence and Simon Baker said that ‘we experience photographs in relation to memory.’(Baker,pp38) and those photographic images as the ‘fossils of light and memory’.(Baker, pp39) Photographic images which captured within these glass negatives are the archive of the family but it also carries someone’s memories in the same time.

However, by the duration of time, those who were captured on these glass negatives are possibly gone, and the images itself become an anonymous object and lost the owner of its own. There might be no one who remembered these peoples and recognize who they are, or even might not remember that the one was existed. I heard that by 4th generation, most of our existence will be forgotten. Generally speaking, the one you share your moments will be also disappeared by duration of times, and no one can spot you even though if the images existed. The images become a trace of one’s existence and the fossils of memories. The glass negatives were the found object from the market, and intentionally brakes by an artist which now no way could form the original image of the moment of the family. The pieces are carefully picked. Artist chose the pieces which illustrate the sitter and sitter’s relation to the others within the images, tries to question the idea of memory and the archival aspects on photography through the prints of broken glass negatives.

Exhibition catalogue
Edited by Fleury,P., Salt & Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860(2015),25th February- 7th June,2015.London:Tate Britain