BCA Art Gallery

Andrew Perret

My photo/video installation, Memory Loss, is meant to pay homage to feelings aroused by viewing images of my mother on a particular clip of video tape recorded in 1989 which was screened by me after her death in 1990. The photo on the left was also shot in 1989 and remains one of the few images I have of my mother and I together after she became bedridden from her cancer. The photo on the right was taken in the apartment I currently live in. I re-take this photo every year wherever I am living. Aside from this photo, the installation has remained unchanged since it was first shown in 1992.

The issues, for me, remain. How do photos and videos affect our memories? Do they enhance or detract? How did people remember before the invention of these cheap recording devices? I'll bet they remembered more and involved more of their senses- smell, touch, taste, sound. Their memories were richer. Now we don't have to. Just rewind the tape, open the photo album- all these memory crutches are there to help us.

I used to worry ferociously about forgetting about my mother. This work is partially a product of that worry. I have found over the years since the piece was made that I am less concerned with remembering everything, that I now can allow myself to let memories come as they will, and thankfully, they still do. Your have to accept the fact that some will be hazier and more shrouded. Some will be clear as a bell. Let them surprise you. Sometimes just remembering a silly phrase my mother used will make my entire day.

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© 1989, Andrew Perret
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© 1989, Andrew Perret
Memory Loss
Installation view
Detail from
Memory Loss

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Andrew Perret was born in Connecticut and currently maintains his studio in Manhattan. He graduated in 1992 from the Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A. in photography. In 1995, he had a solo exhibition entitled Drawings in P.S. 122 Gallery. That year he also participated in the Distinct Grace exhibition in Boulder, Colorado. His works of art are included in many private collections.


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