Lorena Guillén Vaschetti (b.1974 Argentina)
Historia, Memoria y Silencias, (Unopened) 2012
A complicated and occasionally unhappy family past re-intepreted by Vaschetti.
Once part of a large Italian family Vaschetti and her mother were the only members left when she rescued a box of her grandfather’s slides, in addition to unopened cans, slides in packets and written ephemera. Her mother had already thrown the majority of their personal archive away wanting to protect her daughter from the past.
This body of work is a personal exploration of remembrance and the fabrication of memory through photography, constructed by what is concealed and what is disclosed.
‘Is it possible to have an accurate depiction of the past when one’s viewfinder is occupied by someone else? …sometimes a photograph can confuse or replace a memory…. the artist adds her own voice to the equation (via editing and re-photographing) enhancing the story, bringing it up to date and including herself, albeit invisibly, in the material’ Sharon Boothroyd interview with Lorena Guillén Vaschetti available online @ https://photoparley.wordpress.com/category/lorena-guillen-vaschetti/
What exited Vaschetti were the unopened artefacts, that she chose not to open, which she re-photographed SEE HERE against a black background. The objects placed on a plain background make visually striking images.
“I work with objects and my interest lies in its inaccessible content, which have been silenced by the passing of time or that would vanish if revealed. My work explores the idealization of the unknown, beauty and the possibilities from doubt”
Lorena Guillén Vaschetti
Her family slides HERE are tokens of private moments that have shaped recollections of the past yet they are also ubiquitous, we could all construct family stories from these. Many details in the original slides have been deliberately left out of focus by Vaschetti when she re-photographed them. The intentional blurring of detail creates an ethereal and ambiguous element that didn’t originally exist. She used a macro lens, placing the slides on a light table and using a narrow DOF, the past revisited and reinterpreted.
“Between silences, secrets and oblivions there are many stories and with them we can build and rebuild our own, and with it, our identities”
Lorena Guillén Vaschetti
The work has been presented in book form and as an exhibition of printed material. The accompanying music in the video below adds another level of poignancy as the viewer contemplates not only Vaschetti’s reconstruction of the past but our own too. ‘The simplicity of the work of her work allows the viewers to bring their own stories, conclusions and realities to the project’ (Smithson).
Boothroyd, S. (2012) Interview with Lorena Guillén Vaschetti
Available online @ https://photoparley.wordpress.com/category/lorena-guillen-vaschetti/
Smithson, A.(2012) Interview with Lorena Guillén Vaschetti:Historia, Memoria Y Silencios
Available online @ http://lenscratch.com/2012/02/interview-with-lorena-guillen-vaschetti/