The Sea Remembers by Rosemarie Zens
Decades after World War II, Rosemarie Zens returns for the first time to the town in today’s Poland where she was born. In 1945, when she was just a young child, her mother had been forced to flee with her in a wave of refugees. She embarks on a search for clues about her early life, a quest to find out what origins and the memory traces that remain might tell her about her first formative experiences. With her camera, she captures the things that catch her attention: the expanses of meadows, the paths into the unknown, the silhouettes of nighttime shadows. Mysterious and ethereal landscapes mingle with photos from family albums, intertwining fragmentary memories with pictorial inventions.
Solo Exhibition: at the Griffin Museum of Photography
Legacy. Migration. Memory
Opening: January 12 – March 5, 2017
Saturday January 14: Artist Walk / Talk at 5pm
Reception at 7 pm
Photographs by Priya Kambli
By altering and embellishing family photographs, the artist confronts disturbing childhood memories and the gravity of her parents’ early death.
“Rooted in my fascination with my parents—both of whom died when I was young—my work deals with my personal need to decipher and address my family. Therefore, for me, these family photographs hold even more mythological weight. In my work, I labor to maintain the image of my parents and ancestors much in the way Indian housewives regard their kitchen deities.”