It seemed as though everyone around her had memories of her mother, everyone but her. It was about time for her to have memories of her own. But how does one make a memory? This is the question artist and the director of the film, Rachel, asked herself.
In 1993, when Rachel was one-and-a-half years old, her mother died of cancer at the age of 31, leaving her without any memories. In the film we see her trying different methods to create, or even construct, a memory.
This constructing is done in a mechanic way: by ways of webcams, computer screens, scanners. The viewer literally gets to see the director’s efforts to grasp and process what remains of her mother and trying to find a way to bond with her postmortem. It all becomes bits and pixels. It isn’t real, it isn’t the truth, just as memories aren’t the truth. They are just one person’s truth, as is this film.
Director: Rachel Gruijters
With voices of: Pascalle Benard-Timmermans, Jos Gruijters, Annie Gruijters-van Kemenade, Norma Hendriks-van de Gevel, Bea van Kraay-van Nunen
Home videos found by: Gert & Bea van Kraay, Gerard & Ine Maas, Werner & Anja Timmermans
Other footage used: “De dood en vegetarisme”, Theo & Thea (1985 – 1989), VPRO; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Disney
Sound mixed by: Elias Heuninck
Thanks to: John Bas, Willemijn Berg, Koen Blauwblomme, Dieter Diependaele, Jessica Kelly, Annemiek van Kraay, Jan van der Linden, Anouk Meesters, Nicoline van Stapele, René Van Gijsegem, my classmates in KASK
Special thanks to: Hilde D’haeyere & Anna Luyten
Internet 1,- by Patty Morgan x FOAM, Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles (FR)
Internet 1,- by Patty Morgan, FOAM Fusion Festival, FOAM, Amsterdam (NL)
Ligament, TOTUM – Bar Bricolage, Ghent (BE)
Testing 1, 2, 3, ‘t Oude Raadhuis, Beek & Donk (NL)
GRADUATION 2015, KASK/School of Arts, Ghent (BE)
Rachel Gruijters & Jonito Aerts Arguelles, cc De Schakel, Waregem (BE)
Elsewhere Video Art Night 02, TRAVAK Brabant Tram, Ghent (BE)
YOUKI International Youth Media Festival, Wels (AT)