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Sarah Francis

Sarah Francis is a photographer who works with the ideas of reality and representation, fascinated with the uncanny duality of photography. Gathering and relocating particular events that were once lost, forgotten or left behind, she intertwines traces of dreams with the spoken words of stories, all the while creating her own physical landscapes for her ideas to exist within.



When reinterpreting the facts and fictions of her past, Francis never fixes meaning to the impulsive performance, the pre-planned stages or the fragments of reality, all of which remain tangible within her work. At first glance the work conveys reality in the way that photography demands as a medium. Upon closer inspection, the secrets contained within the images unfold; playing with our perceptions, often creating an anxious tension between presence of representation and the absence of reality.
 
'Recently I have been taking part in an architectural dig of my childhood, finding and retrieving broken and forgotten items out of a space where they have existed for 28 years. The objects have been removed from the dust and clutter, are boxed and remain unsorted. During the HOARD the items will be photographed and logged. New images will be generated from the forgotten memories, making new narratives and stories.  During the HOARD I will undertake a process of archiving, followed by photography and sculptural responses to the found objects.

My exhibition will develop my artistic practice by creating a dialogue through which I will explore cultural memory as a process of dealing with the past in the present. Inviting a reconsideration of the preservation of the historical past, the theme focuses not only on the nostalgia of objects but also the privilege of memory that we as people consciously and unconsciously make changes to through objects, stories and photos.  The histories of our own lives are by no means precise, we unwittingly change the time and space in our minds with each day that passes. Memory makes us who we are and give us our sense of time and place. Objects have long been used to help us remember. As people we collect objects, which evoke memories and so link us to our past. Although how are objects used to perform the past in the present? What are their relationships to archiving? What role do objects play in the act of ‘remembering’?

Art and popular culture are dynamic processes that mediate memory through narrative strategies, and visual styles through re-enactments and ritual performances. Objects are there for engaging in non-linear processes of remembering and forgetting, collapsing time and space, and bringing variations of desires, memories, and their effects on us to the forefront.  I plan to develop my practice through this HOARD by using it as an open platform for dialogue, for the objects and ideas to develop through audience contribution. Through discussion of logging, reminiscing and creating, I hope to engage the audience into posing questions to push forward the creative process.'
 
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