hilary short

is a creative director; trained as a graphic designer, and writer. she is preoccupied by thoughts of archives, evidence, information, and power.

kinship / 2019

Kinship is an A1 poster depicting ‘spheres of memories’—memories associated with ‘inherited’ objects—tethered to physical points around my home, which is drawn as a blueprint. Each sphere is surrounded by a fuzziness, as a translation of uncertainty and precarity around truth and knowledge. In Bloodlines, the ‘document’ or ‘record’ carries forth the archival evidence of the state. Here, in a domestic space, familial objects take on that role. Emanating from them (the objects) are stories; memories of passed time and past relations, and I am their captive subject. Objects like these are passed down through blood lines enforcing genetic logics of inheritance and pulling them, discontinuously, into affective and temporal relations between the original owner and the current one.

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