Saturday, September 12, 2009

Our Family, curated by Serrah Russell

We had the pleasure of working with three fantastic interns this past quarter. Each was asked to complete their time at Cairo by hosting an event of their choosing. First up is Serrah Russell, who curated Our Family, which opens Thursday September 17th at 6 pm, and shows through the weekend. Please join us. Description of the show below.

Welcome home to broken bones and silver spoons, to play houses and stitched up wounds.

A group show of drawings, deconstructions and collages by Paige Fukuhara, Lilly Hern-Fondation, and Julia Salamonik.

As we are cleaning, we find them under a bed. They appear and distract us when on a hunt for something else. After an estate sale, they remain unsold, enduring memories of those who have gone before us. They are monumental and symbolic, but they are also banal, blurry and left for discard. As these images become far removed, stories fail us and names escape us, scenarios are imagined and memories constructed, with wishful thinking and tragic deceptions.

The connection of past events to present life is impossible to sever, even when our minds can not recall the reasons for their grasp. This connection has prompted us to make our own family, to distill, to memorialize and to alter, in order to understand. And in doing so, our family images become less specific, less referential of yours or mine. It becomes ours.

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