A comment about photographs that has stuck with me since I first started working in more of an archival fashion is, “what's on the back is equally as important as the front”. In this moment photographs became new to me again, they had transformed into documents with the potential to yield objects; like searching for unknown treasure with the guidance of a map that somehow presented itself to you. I am interested in photography's ability to reveal a past not known to me, but only observable from a distance.

Three years ago my Aunt on my mother's side introduced me to a collection of boxes, housing saved family images, belongings, and ephemera from over the years. These boxes have unfolded into a plethora of unexplored territory, spanning three centuries of stories with mainly visuals narrating the way. A majority of the work I have made throughout 2017-2019 reflects on the ways having access to this family archive impacts my understanding of photography as a visual language; as a way of remembering. Like language, photography is a tool that can be used

to dig through fossilized time. I want to carve out the space for conversations to emerge by interweaving these pasts with my current thoughts and feelings regarding our generation.