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Confabulations: Estranged Memories | Unfolding Home
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This research considers the domestic as a site for confabulation, estrangement and deceit. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s [1785-1863] fairy tale ‘Hansel and Gretel’ offers the home as an affective space that is not only charged with protection and intimacy but also hostility and darkness. Through a version of the tale, home is re-visited as a shifted memory – hidden and deceived, estranged and de-familiarized. The work asks how versions of collage can re-assemble the ossified memories of an interior and in particular, how can the mechanics of pop-up operate to reveal the forgotten spaces of the domestic? The work explores the intangibility of memory as an unfolding narrative, contained and lost in the passing of childhood. Stories and fictions are seen as traces of the same nostalgic journey and become anecdotal rather than pure make-believe. Such tales transpire and whisper alongside memories and the ineffable.