Photobook «Memory Object»
The photographic album, the theme of the object as a memory image and its analogy with photography are worked on. Investigating my grandmother’s personal domestic memory and inheritance to her daughters. Along with images that remind us of family instances of different women who lived an arduous and slow process of equality of conditions since the beginning of the 20th century, integrating the pop-up technique with pieces made by hand.
Presentation text: María Elena Retamal Ruíz. Design: Jocelyne Rodríguez Droguett. Design Support_ Verónica Garay Reyes. Translations into English and French: Nicolás Rodríguez Droguett, Rocío Zapata Editorial: Maar Ediciones @maarediciones / Chile. Winning photobook of Fondart – Chile 2019 for its realization.
50 pages. 14.3cm wide. 14.5 cm. tall. 1.3 cm high, extended 28 x 14.5 cm. 100 copies published. Couché paper printing, hard cover. Intervened by hand.
Object of Memory covers the photographic material made between 2014 and 2017, which are based on two author projects, which have been exhibited in different exhibition rooms and competitions in Chile and abroad. Mías, developed within the framework of the collective exhibition «Cromosoma X» together with Colectivo Las Niñas, a project that was exhibited at the Quilicura Cultural Center (2015), Santiago, Chile; El Tunel Gallery of the La Moneda Palace Cultural Center, Santiago, Chile ( 2015, 2016); and Screening at the San José Foto festival, Uruguay (2016); X Chromosome Exhibition, Casa Rúa, Recife, Brasil (2016); winning project honorable mention at Cape Verde Festival, South Africa
(2014). And the Altares Domesticos project, included in the collective exhibition curated by Gonzalo Leiva Quijada, for the Palacio La Moneda Cultural Center, “Chile’s album: Portrait of a nation” (2016-2017) that toured in rooms of regions of our country; Valparaíso Cultural Park and Universidad Católica del Norte. Both projects combine and support the subject matter of the object as a memory image and its analogy with photography. These projects investigate through the image in the personal domestic memory, deeply rooted in intimate Chile.
My grandmother was a seamstress, potter, artisan and radio theater singer; all this without professional studies, since she was a housewife; in all her work she always had a space to deliver affections and symbols that meant company and generated bonds. At the time their daughters were born, my aunts, the family was an absolute patriarchy and only men could choose a career or have any freedom in and out of the home. In this scenario she established codes where complicity and affection left a memory that was recorded in objects that defined her way of being. These images correspond to the inheritance that my grandmother left to me, my mom and my aunts, objects loaded with symbolism and emotional wealth, and that were made by her. Together with images that probably remind us of family moments of different women who have experienced an arduous and slow process of equal conditions since the beginning of the 20th century, and who saw through their families the way to establish achievements and identity.