TiltShift

Golden Bough

2010

 

The collective memory and its bearing on the construction of visual historical narratives are at the fore of the Niamh Mc Cann’s project Tiltshift. If collective consciousness relies on the traces of memory, the designation of an image as significant becomes a political act, leading to the preservation of knowledge and the shaping of our cultural memory. It also creates a unitary fiction of what is valued and preserved. What is assigned to our collective memory is often mediated through a framework, from a dominant culture, assuming the position of historical narrator. Foucault in his publication The Order of Things theorises the connection between power and knowledge, the dominant culture aiming to foster and maintain overarching narratives that maintain hierarchical structures. This exercise of power as a means of propaganda has implications on the future of a collective memory.

 

 

curator Mary Cremin

 

 

TiltShift

Golden Bough

2010

 

The collective memory and its bearing on the construction of visual historical narratives are at the fore of the Niamh Mc Cann’s project Tiltshift. If collective consciousness relies on the traces of memory, the designation of an image as significant becomes a political act, leading to the preservation of knowledge and the shaping of our cultural memory. It also creates a unitary fiction of what is valued and preserved. What is assigned to our collective memory is often mediated through a framework, from a dominant culture, assuming the position of historical narrator. Foucault in his publication The Order of Things theorises the connection between power and knowledge, the dominant culture aiming to foster and maintain overarching narratives that maintain hierarchical structures. This exercise of power as a means of propaganda has implications on the future of a collective memory.

 

 

curator Mary Cremin