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© 2018 by  Anna Mushkin

In front of the mirror

2019

The Photography Gallery, Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem

The photographs in this work were weaved out of a local everyday life, seeking to stage real or questionable memories. this body of work sets out to formulate a picture of covering and revealing, a space that simulates life as an unknown, as temptation, and examines the relationship between yearning and holding, between the now and the next moment. 

My life started in a different city and country, but if you ask me, my story begins in the city of Nahariyya, in a small house by the sea. But then, the family photographs come in - the black and white, the vacations in Sochi, the wallpaper, the snow, the fur coats. Through them I understand that I am also something else. Growing up into my parents’ stories and photos, I have come to realize that this narrative is so strong that it almost becomes my own memory, only without experiencing it in real life; a memory of another kind, which now exists in me, in a transitional space of sorts, without roots or a distinct structure. 

 

Scholars call this phenomenon “postmemory,” a memory shaped by stories and especially family photos of previous generations. This interpretation provides an opportunity to talk about memory not limited to the past, but a memory that touches the present and the future.