Move(meant) is a project I use to catalog and share the memories of people. For this project I recycled card catalogs, that were previously used to catalog the contents of local libraries, and brought them back to life with stories of people in my own community. Each draw of the project has a series of flipbooks that illustrates different memories and stories collected through conversations. When the drawer opens, the light activates a records, that reveals a portion of the actual interview. It was important to me to contain the voice of each participants, the sound is private and feels conversational, just like how I felt when I spoke to each of the women.
My pieces are playful and often require the viewer to engage physically with the work. I was invited to share work in a local library, so I wanted to make something site specific. I thought about my own experience in libraries growing up, looking and reading stories that felt so separate from my own experience. For this project, I interviewed 15 women of color living or working in San Diego. I took their interviews and created a series of flipbooks that illustrated the memories that they shared. Each of the drawers in the card catalog highlighted the audio interview and collected images and video, to share a story in a place where I felt these people would typically go unnoticed. I placed the card catalog strategically by the libraries own card catalogs, in hopes that people would start to think about what stories are made available to them in these public spaces.
Our conversations were about race, family origin, immigrating to the U.S., growing up transborder, fighting with parents about cultural differences, so many stories that were so important to me, but not accessible many libraries. I wanted to archive them and put them in a space where others could learn and relate to their memories. I spoke with each participant for about 1 hour, asking them about about memories that were important. They shared details about the people and places in their lives and impact of their memories of their identity and character.
I am interested in how images act as vehicle for memory. Four years ago, when I first approached the project, I made flipbooks to visit my own private and personal kept memories. The first pieces were like large rolodexes that contained 1600+ images and also required the viewer to turn a crank to activate the story. I later switched to the smaller format, to utilize the card catalog, and repurposed them to share stories about untold and unfrequently noticed people. The volume of images presented in each device, is a visual representation of my memory, how I store it. My ultimate goal is to not specifically share my own stories, but to encourage others to revisit their own memories and examine the impact of them on their lives.