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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
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.