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"A Stitch in Time - In Memory of My Mother Who Fortunately Never Threw Anything Away: John Miles Photography"
2001-07-14 until 2001-09-08
Photofusion Photography Centre
London, , UK United Kingdom

John Miles mother died recently. She never threw anything away. Never. She lived in the same suburban house for sixty years. When she died, her son began a photographic project. a catalogue and investigation of the accumulated detritus of her life and his family’s past.

These pictures are an emotional archaeology, a process of revelation and discovery where the act of collection serves to mark out the processes of living. Miles’ mother created an obsessive collection of objects that define not just one life, but that of a whole family. Miles refers to the project as stepping out of the darkness into a world of light and colour. This is a world of distressed fragments, sometimes lining the nests of mice or emerging from the dark corners of bags, boxes and the mind, all subject to the vagaries of time. Time seems to be trapped within the objects which narrate their history to the viewer.

Old newspapers, the contents of kitchen drawers, archaic kitchenware, ancient invitations, dated statuettes, Miles excavation of their history matches the enthusiasm with which his mother has preserved the contents of their life. The photographs portray a whole world burrowing into the recesses of memories, secrets and forgotten moments.


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