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Faith in Ghosts

Marcel Proust talked about the past as being somewhere beyond the reach of the intellect, unmistakably present in some material object or in the sensation which such an object arouses in us.  Photographs are portable social biographies, made to move as tactile objects around groups of people. They cannot be understood through visual content alone as dwelling in each one, there are voices; distant signals oscillating in a pendulum swing between fixity and fluidity. Like a medium who deals only in the past, Liz Zumin’s new project, Faith in Ghosts is a reading, and at times a misreading on the notion of the photograph as an affective object of agency; on disavowed and blocked memories and on how the past might itself be re-fictioned within the present.

 

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