Indelible in the Hippocampus
100 silver gelatin prints, thread, duct tape, metal fencing
A box of silver gelatin paper that was accidentally exposed to light (and therefore unfit for traditional printing) became the material for this installation. Each fiber based paper was crumpled up into a ball and placed in my studio window, turning pink and purple where hit with light and remaining unexposed where protected from it. The lumen prints were then flattened, fixed, and washed. The installation title references the moment during Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in which she says, “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter. The uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense.” She was explaining how trauma encodes memory, and how “trauma-related experience is locked there, so other memories just drift.” The work attempts to speak to this drift, while looping audio of protesters chanting “We believe / Christine Ford! We believe / Anita Hill!” insists on belief.