Places My Father Remembers
In the series Places My Father Remembers, the theme of personal remembrance is explored using one particular individual’s early childhood memories in the city of Toronto during the 1960s. Through the photographs, an attempt to deconstruct the past was made in an effort to uncover some truth about how places age and change just as people age and change, and how this continuous transformation effects our recollection of our personal memories.
Although the work is meant to instil a sense of nostalgia in the viewer, the photographs remain the artist’s interpretations of the events. However, revisiting the locations forced me to examine whether or not there was any semblance of my father left in these places. There was, but perhaps only for me, because these stories have come to be part of the family legend. And perhaps that is a personal phenomenon, unique to everyone living in a city with, each with their own family legend. The fact remains that when you consider this paradigm on a larger scale, you begin to see the city as existing in terms of many, many layers of memories; acting as apparitions, repeating in a continuous loop forever, underneath the surface, long after the objects and people have disappeared.
215 Glebeholme Drive - The Bike Accident, Part I
Corner of Glebeholme & Monarch Park - The Bike Accident, Part II
Corner of Sammon & Monarch Park - The Lost Ten Dollars
St. Aloyisius Elementary - Getting Beat Up By Octavio, Grades 5-8
25 Linsmore Crescent - Garbage Picking
328 Milverton Boulevard - Mr. Bill’s Body
Corner of Sammon & Monarch Park - The Haircut and the Handshake
Monarch Park - Snake Catching
Monarch Park Collegiate Track - Finishing Last