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Diana Bahr

Mixed Media, Untapped, Booth U-17

Are we the sum of our memories—even those that are not our own? In Traces, I use photography and painting to consider the role of ancestral memory in identity. With layers of paper, oil paint and wax, I copy and preserve elements of family photographs (in particular those from post-WWII Germany) to create ambiguous narratives with figures, landscapes or objects—exploring how our fictionalization or imperfect remembering of the past plays a part in determining who we become, and influences what we leave behind.