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Every story is told from a specific perspective, for a specific reason, and with a specific audience in mind. We tend to look at historical records of information (letters, diaries, maps, etc) with some kind of inherent trust that these sources relay “fact” without always realizing that any kind of information translated by a person comes from a place of bias, intentional or not. Map makers choose what information to leave out and what to include, journalists choose what events to widely publicize and what to keep quiet, and we write from a place of complete partiality in our own personal records. In contemporary times, social media and the vast archives of the internet add to the public library of available investigative resources. My work aims to think critically about the idea of “fact” and to think carefully about what gets written down and why. By retracing catalytic events in my own life and examining the inconsistencies in my own records, this installation calls attention to the ability for memory to distort reality and to remind the audience that even the things in our lives that we consider to be absolutely objective are inevitably attached to a subjective lens.
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Brophy, Sarah Conway, "Subjective Objectivities" (2015). Senior Projects Spring 2015. 193.