IF I FORGET YOU DON’T FORGET ME
I belong to a community of oil families that were spontaneously put together, they all took a collective life journey, and came back to create a culture of their own. This generation can never be replicated again, and for me it creates an impossible past to relate to … but I want to relate.
By constructing the memory of my late father’s generation of men and women at a different time than the one I knew him in, I wanted to create my own stories and personal narratives from the collective memories of these men and women … I wanted to own my past.
In times of uncertainty it becomes hard to predict the future, and by creating an emotional bond to the past I can place my self in the present and can have an understanding of the historical story I belong to … I wanted to own my future.
How do you photograph a memory that is forever changing? How do you capture a moment that existed 50 years ago in Saudi Arabia? I document the journey of the Oil men and women, one generation before me, who came from different facets of life and met each other at a single point where they took off to the future together.
Through conversations and objects that I capture, I create a hybrid experience that blurs the borders that separate the installation, the object and the photograph. I take you through an experiential journey that intensifies your sensory reactions to what is a “collective memory” of a group.
In one of my interviews an Oil man said “I was lucky to be part of a generation that saw their dreams become a reality” … I want to dream.
Produced in 2012 - Medium: Installation of photographs with a light - 20 Silver Gelatin Prints with a 5watt incadecent bulb with black wire and 11 video interviews. Sizes: 16 x 22 inch. Editions 3 + AP