25 Oct Roots. Sarah Carp
From November 8th de Noviembre to December 14th 2013
Ermita de San Miguel, Plaza del Adelantado La Laguna
Tel: 922 601 165/150 Horario: L-V de 11:00 a 14:00 h y de 17:00 a 20:00 h. S de 11:00 a 14:00 h
Glendarragh, the Glen of the Oaks. It is there, 30 km south of Dublin, where I went in search of my roots. My grandmother, who died in 1999, was Irish and had lived there for a few years before emigrating to Switzerland. I owed her my passion for art, and it was quite naturally through photography that I would immerse myself in her story.
The images, produced through several journeys, are about absence and memory. I took photographs during the winter period so the colours and atmosphere would chime with contemplation and self-reflection. This intimate contemplation of my immediate surroundings offers a subjective and emotional journey in a world fated to disappear. This movement back to the land explores the mutations of a life that transforms and renews itself in full simple slowness.
In this rural Ireland, life’s rhythm depends on the temper of the elements. The characters, who seem straight out of a tale, are members of my family or people living in Glendarragh. The places are inhabited by strange objects. Interiors and landscapes all tell the memories of the place. The surrounding nature, savage and mystical, seems to hold life’s secrets.
These images were realised between 2003 and2012. The project’s meaning and coherence emerged through time. The images are set in relation subjectively, so as to offer a form of narration that allows each spectator to make up her own story. My own narration, just as our constantly transforming memory, is continuously composed and recomposed. A subjective puzzle of colours, of sensations and of emotions.
This exhibition was sponsored by the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (Switzerland).