Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)Robert Dupree
I do not remember my childhood. The work I was exploring previously examined my childhood. The project was a recreation of old family photographs of me as a child. The project had two parts, first I found photographs from my childhood that seemed seminal to my youth and then scanned them to be reprinted, second I would re-shoot the scene with as many details from the original photograph as possible, and then present the work as a diptych of the old and new photographs. From there I started another project. I began placing one particular photo of me as a child in different landscapes around the city and then re-photographed that scene. This concept of trying to re-contextualize my past within my current place in life began the series I am currently working on in which I try to deal with what I do remember of my life. This project explores my past with a filter of guilt over my lens. My work is an exploration of my psyche and the pseudo torture I place upon myself. The torture is pseudo for the main reason that it differs from past performance artists, insofar as I am not creating work that is testing my limits or my ability to immerse myself within a project that may be perilous.
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