Ryerson Artspace presents ‘Reconfigurations’ by Mina Markovic
Exhibition Run: Thursday, July 5th – Sunday, July 28th, 2018
Reconfigurations combines two bodies of work – Ruptured Veneers (2016) and The Interchange (2017) – to bridge a generational gap between three women; my great-grandmother, my mother, and myself. Gesture, as a re-occurring motif, serves to visually unite the two works of two separate mediums. These gestural repetitions, which connect the three of us through time, culminate in a new period in which we may exist together, as we never have before. Where Ruptured Veneers is rooted in the past, functioning as an investigation of a relationship never physically present but always felt, The Interchange is very much entrenched in the present; as a visual manifestation of an ongoing reflection and reaction to a trying situation.Ruptured Veneers is a series of photographs which explore absence in relation to memory and the photographic image. The series works in three parts:
– as a fragmented recreation of my first and oldest memory of my great-grandmother – who is long deceased;
– as the photographic document that proves her presence and absence in my life;
– and as the unification of presence and absence via the superimposition of my memories and photographic documents.
The Interchange uses filmic interpretations to investigate the relationship between parent and child when the roles of supporter and reliant are reversed. Approximately three years ago, my mother sustained a severe shoulder injury that altered the landscape of our lives. During this difficult time, we collectively became aware of my mother’s vulnerability, and of the impermanence of the human body. The injury prompted a reversal in our roles as mother (supporter) and child (reliant). Suddenly we were both grappling with questions of how to assume our new roles. Using the moving image to understand our roles, my mother and I took turns adopting the same visual interpretations of supporter and reliant for the camera.