Inês Tavares
visual artist
Ghost Room
blind embossing on paper, 2013

Ghost Room I
80x60cm

Ghost Room
detail

Ghost Room III
72x50cm

Ghost Room III
detail

Ghost Room IV
65x50cm

Ghost Room IV
detail

Ghost Room VI
60x40cm

Ghost Room VI
detail

Ghost Room VII
50x40cm

Ghost Room VII
detail

Ghost Room VII
detail

Ghost Room VII
detail

Ghost Room VIII
50x40cm

Installation view at Lethaby Gallery, CSM

Ghost Room is a series of blind embossings made from my own family’s portrait photographs. These specific photographs depict people that have passed away before I was born –all I know about them is what was preserved in the memory of my living relatives. The final images are purposely difficult to see and need specific lighting to be displayed. The work attempts to address the ephemeral nature of memory and the problematics of photography when representing the past and functioning as an object of memory.

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