The Collapsing of Two Terms
Single Channel Video
The documentation of this unscripted discussion was filmed while my mother and I ate breakfast next to each other at our kitchen table, on Sunday February 24, 2008. With the newspaper on the table my mother began the discussion by addressing the article ‘Coffin-guy’ Comes In From Cold. Hirsch states that “[Family pictures] say more about family romances than about actual details of a familial life. Since they say more through their absence than through their present content […].” This work is about the dynamics of our relationship with respect to the content of dialogue, our gestures, the jest involved, and perhaps what wasn’t said during those moments of silence. Emerging from this mundane, documentary, voyeuristic approach was the sense of loss that comes forth due to the metaphorical ‘haunting’ of the absent ‘other’.