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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Rachel Cox

Shiny Ghost

Friday, October 07 - 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Lindell Room C - Chase Park Plaza

In my project Shiny Ghost , I have documented the final years of my Grandmother’s life as she was suffering from a degenerative brain disease. The images were made during moments of conversation, gesture, and experiences of death. The variety of photographic approaches towards the subjects are representative of a frantic need to record all aspects of my knowledge of her (whether performative or candid) in a hopes that these moments could be pieced together again, attempting to construct a more accurate portrait of how I would remember her. My Grandmother and I had a tumultuous relationship, one that was never thoroughly understood. Through photography conflicts of tastes and values were managed, and looking back on the project, the photographs reveal a deeper language we had been sharing for years, constituted of mutual vulnerability and trust, acted upon even in death.

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