To commit to memory
Artist(s)/Author(s): Lois Bielefeld
Format: Book
Edition: First edition of 100
ISBN: 978-0-578-96630-4
Publisher: Self Published
City Produced/Published: Milwaukee
Reference Number: ST.34774.BI
Location: Stacks
Acquisition Date: 5/3/2023
Donated By: Lois Bielefeld

"To commit to memory delves into my parent’s life, particularly their conservative Evangelical traditions and how this plays out within the home. Being on different ends of the political spectrum, my parents and I constantly straddle a wide ideology chasm yet somehow, we attempt to negotiate and bridge our differences through this project. I’m interested in how the labor of looking can be a type of active listening that leads to understanding. Through photographic re-enactments, I examine domesticity, power relations, ritual, faith, aging and memory. I look at the house as a container and how it has been marked and manifested through their everyday movements, aesthetics, and use. Each portrait is dually titled. My parents and I each developed our own caption/title for each photograph. The top title is my parents and mine follows. These titles weave together a narrative in the book of our intermingled voices, memories, beliefs, and musings."

- TH 5/5/2023

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