Wednesday

Memory Theatre

Matthew Humphreys is fascinated by the depth of investment we give to the ordinary photograph–in its sentimental value and its emotional power. His work often stems from an investigation into an old snapshot belonging to his family he has found.  Reimagining moments of tenderness from the past, he explores the photograph’s influence as well as its constraints. But though his starting point is personal, Humphreys effectively draws out universal truths from these familiar situations.

Ultimately the constraints of the mechanisms with which we choose to record our memories frustrates Humphreys. Photographs fade and deteriorate and the light entering the lens never quite succeeds in capturing the true nature of a scene. His stance is critical. He questions the truth of photography and the moving image and highlights the falsifications it presents. Like the memory of events, our records of them fade and disintegrate.


Memory Theatre consists of footage from a reunion some fifteen years ago where we see the family posing themselves for a group photo, this handheld video is composited onto a shot of the garden today.

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