I Remember Not Remembering presents eleven internationally-renowned artists who use personal home movies, photo albums and film footage as material for new artworks. Photographers and filmmakers interweave their family histories with the political and social changes in 1960s Morocco, 1970s Mexico, and 1990s Los Angeles. Two conceptual artists use text and images to dissect the fraught relationship between father and son, while others dwell upon personal tragedy and mortality.
Together, these artworks examine whether truth and history are irreconcilable ideas. Each work resembles a believable but unreliable portrait of kinship, social change and personal tragedy. Familiar domestic scenes inspire an indefinable nostalgia while unreliable narrators recount stories that comingle fact and invention. The artists gently manipulate our presumptions about the dependability of photographs and the rigidity of time and memory. In each new work images and words intersect but the boundary between truth and fiction is no clearer.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website