“Distortions of the Past; Collaborations for the Future”
I recently acquired my baby pictures from my mother because I wanted to scan and archive them. I started to go through the photos and realized a bunch I can remember having as a child were missing. We moved a lot when I was young so I’m sure they got lost in the shuffle. I realized that I was extremely disappointed those images were lost; there was no back up of them. I have the memory but no artifact; my memory of the event isn’t gone but the proof that it happened was.
I started to also think about how my memory of the event was also informed by the documentation of it, especially when the event was so long ago. Memory is a tricky thing, it’s full of holes and it’s not guaranteed to be there forever. The memory of my moment was framed by the document or artifact of the moment. This is not a new idea; it’s just how history works. But the questions nag, what happens when the document is lost; what really happened; how can we be sure?
Randy Grskovic is an Artist and Curator living in Toronto, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Advanced Media communication, from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. He has shown his artwork and curated others in exhibitions across Canada. Galleries include Equinox and Centre A in Vancouver, V-Tape in Toronto, L’oeil de Poison in Quebec City and Eastern Edge in St. John’s, NL. Grskovic is the former owner of experimental short-term galleries including The Age of Info(rmation), Cutty Contemporary and Good Luck Art Gallery.