Anna Davis

Jonas Mekas brought his camera everywhere. He described feeling an insatiable need to document the tiniest, most invisible, of everyday moments. The archive of footage he left behind is incredible. His films, which collect these moments together, feel like the memories that make up a life. 

I am also a collector of memories. I try to keep hold of details usually lost to time. My practice is about building an intensely personal, always shifting archive. Clips and images are reused and recontextualized. Moments become connected. The split-second of a camera click collides with another from months or years later. Light bleeds across time. 

The work collected in this exhibition falls into two categories: digital video, and analogue photography. Through these modes, there is a negotiation here between observation and blindness, immediacy and restriction. The video work sprints alongside life, trying to scoop up time as it passes. It is inspired by internet-based edits, YouTube videos, the chaos of being 20-something in 2020-something. The photography arrests time, turning everyday places and things into sculptures. 

Both collections of memories will only continue to grow.  
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