A homecoming story
When I was a child, every summer my parents and I would visit a part of my family in what was then Yugoslavia. There we found a rustic life, filled with the joy of simple moments, of a direct relationship with nature and the environment that surrounded us. Then the war broke out and we had to interrupt our visits. Time has passed since then, and my memories have become as fragmented as the whole of these territories. Years later, I decided to go back. This is my visual journey trying to confront my memories with the present realities of these territories that still bear the scars of their past conflicts. I also continued this project in Georgia, which also experienced a parallel situation.
According to psychologists, we use memories to build a sense of identity. Our long-term memory contains all our thoughts. This means that it is a collection of souvenirs that contribute to the definition of our identity. They appear randomly and we have no control over which events we will remember later. In fact, memories are subject to change, being forgotten or lacking in detail.
Memory reconstruction would only allow us to remember the essentials. However, it would be possible to modify a souvenir by introducing a new emotion, paving the way to a new interpretation.
I am currently seeking support to help this project exist as a book and an exhibition.
This selection of photographs is not final nor exhaustive and I would be happy to show you more photographs and discuss about the project with you!
If you have enjoyed the project so far, please contact me here : https://antoinedogan.com/info/