the lining of forgetting
Holly McHugh, tamara suarez porras
June 14-July 19, 2019
Opening: Friday, June 14, 7-10pm
Gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-5pm, and by appointment
CTRL+SHFT is pleased to present the lining of forgetting, an exhibition by Holly McHugh and tamara suarez porras. The show explores how objects, particularly connected to family, both hold memory and can be used to imagine new possibilities. Over the course of a month, the artists will be holding three events within the exhibition, we hope you can join us for one or all!
the lining of forgetting is an exhibition by Holly McHugh and tamara suarez porras where the artists utilize archival photographic material to (re)read, (re)arrange, and (re)imagine personal histories. Their work explores how objects, particularly connected to family, both hold memory and become sites of departure for new understandings. McHugh reconsiders objects from a late family member's ephemera, like newspaper clippings and snapshots, with mark-making that interweaves absence and presence. Bleaching, rubbing, obscuring of the image evoke ghostly remains and reinterpretations of this archive. suarez porras begins with found photographs and objects as material to redress gaps and untruths within her family history. Contending with the known-unknown identity of her biological father, she adapts a limited archive of objects (letters, photographs, stories) with rearrangements and the speculative. An installation of 24 black-and-white photographs imagines a dialogue between the artist and her father using super 8mm film stills and adapted text from his letters. A performance during the show’s closing will explore a conversation between the artist, her mother, and her unknown relatives using fragments of video interviews, existing texts, and photographic material. The title of the show, adapted from Chris Marker’s "Sans Soleil," is a synonym of remembering: to remember is not the opposite of forgetting, Marker says, but rather its lining.
When entering from the Hollis Street entrance there are no steps and it accessible by wheel chair and/or scooter. On the 34th street entrance there are 8 steps measuring about 7" each. Street parking is available on Hollis, 34th and the surrounding area. CTRL+SHFT is close to both West Oakland (1.8 miles) and MacArthur (1.2 miles) Bart station, a 1 minute (348 foot) walk to the 29 AC transit bus, and the 57 AC transit bus is a 7 min walk (.2 miles) away.
We have a gender neutral restroom in the hallway of the common space of the building that is ADA accessible. CTRL+SHFT is not a scent-free environment.
Cover image: The Click That Never Holds by Holly McHugh.