Danielle Fenn, Compressed Memories, pigment ink on archival paper, 2014
Decolonizing Photographs: Taking The Image Outside the Family Album with Lindsey Bond
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Victoria Freeman’s book Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America examines ten generations of family history and was written in order to help Freeman understand her family’s involvement in the colonization of North America. The selected text begins with an account of Freeman traveling to Shoal Lake to research her grandfather’s involvement with the Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School. The discussion at Theory and Beer will focus on one detail of her journey: the role of her family photographs. What is our relationship to the family album and how can it relate to the process of reconciliation? When researching family histories, how does the image act as a visual currency or admission? Further, how have family histories been impacted by the misinterpretation of family photographs and how do these visual histories affect the greater community working toward a post-colonial future?
Lindsey Bond (she/her) is an intermedia artist-mother and graduate researcher born in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Beaver Hills House) or Edmonton, where the North Saskatchewan River flows across Treaty Six Territory. Using slow fibre and intermedia processes, she intervenes in her white-settler family archive to think through her responsibility as woman and mother to remember and sew a relationship with the land.
Photo by Roger Garcia