The Principle of the Familiar

Tanya Houghton

The family archive; a multifaceted image memory bank, added to and curated by family members over multiple generations: mimetic repetitions of those that have come before us.

Photography & Text by Tanya Houghton



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I pay homage to the objects left behind, containing the fragmented narrative of the family by deconstructing an inherited archive created during the 1970’s – 2000’s. I re- witnesses the archive through the original video cameras they were captured on. Watching through a variety of screens, I re- photograph events as they unfold.

The result is the recuration of a voyeuristic meta-album, juxtaposed against the objects that tell their story. The work aims to highlight the visual fragmentation of the places, memories and individuals of our past that the family archive affords us.