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False Memory

Mairéad McClean

Mairéad McClean

Mairéad McClean, OF THINGS TO COME, 2006, film still ©Mairéad McClean

 

OF THINGS TO COME is based on a memory ignited by a photograph and questions what happened the day the photograph was taken.  What was the event?  What was the year?  In 2006 while in London, the artist telephoned her mother who was in a village in Northern Ireland where the artist had grown up.  In the film, we hear McClean ask her mother questions about the photograph.  Driven by a description of what she is seeing, the conversation highlights how her, and her mother’s memories of that day are very different.  The story unfolds as the conversation side-tracks and meanders, with the process of discussing the events surrounding the photograph revealing things to come in their lives .  Seemingly unimportant things are remembered, and hidden emotions revealed and relived.  What was going on in the lives of the family outside the frame of the camera?  As the surface of the image is scanned forensically, the image is lost and then found.  The mother and daughter misremembering’s allow an un-spoken trauma to become present.  It leaks into the future through this discarded blurred photograph.