REvision of Memories
Revision of Memories was a title of the article I have recently read in Politika. It was about rewriting history and rehabilitation of war criminals, casting shadows on national heroes and other issues that are often manipulated by politics and media. About the same time, while I was browsing my family photos, I found pictures of my parents when they started their relationship in 1972.
In March 1972. in Yugoslavia happened smallpox outbreak. It was the last outbreak of smallpox in Europe. Coincidently year 1972. and 2020. are both marked as Year of The Rat in Chinese zodiac, and in 2020. we had a COVID 19 pandemic outbreak. When I asked my parents about the smallpox outbreak, they said that they didn’t worry since they all got vaccinated.
I started exploring circumstances and life perspectives that my parents had 40 years ago. My father worked his whole life as an officer in aviation and my mother was a nurse.
Since the media are often rewriting history, I got the idea to recreate my family history: to use their photos and position them in the new setup.
I started to arrange photos using compositions of David Hockney’s paintings. In 1972. Hockney finished the painting Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) so it was relevant from the historical perspective, it was painted at the same time the photos of my parents were taken.