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Fragmentary Memories

Cameraless film photography, Exposed to various chemicals for months, 2017-2018

Forest#1, 2018, 12 x 36 inches

Crawling, 2018, 30 x 20 inches

Meteor Shower, 2018, 30 x 20 inches

Girl, Sky, and Comet, 2019, 30 x 20 inches

In this project, Jeong Hur (b. South Korea) reproduces his fragmentary false memories in the real world by using film that is one representative medium for capturing the real world. Although his memories mainly comprised of the events that happened in the real world, some memories were created naturally. Jeong called them 'Fake Memory.' Jeong had no intentions of making his fake memories. They naturally occurred over time in his daily life. Of course, Jeong knows that these memories did not happen through the testimonies of other people who are characters in his memories. And such partial false memories are not connected to other real memories. Nevertheless, some memories--for example, scenes where he dreamed about taking a train trip with his family or saw a meteor shower--became precious to him by giving him satisfaction.

Jeong created these images in a similar way as the fake-memory-forming process. Jeong exposed 35mm films to natural situations without a camera. Generated and changed memories cannot be stored in his mind like actual memories in a short time. Also, because memories can be adjusted depending on the environment, mood, and emotion, Jeong exposed his films to the same situations that he usually experiences. For these reasons, over at least two weeks, films were exposed to places he regularly visits, including streets, stuff he often uses, or food. Because of these similar processes, Jeong could get surprising images that can recall his fake memories. Also, images have become a better way for him to represent his fake memories rather than an actual place or landscape.
Jeong titled each image, but he will not force his title to an audience. Because he wishes to share with audience fake memories also can be reproduced in the real world, he hopes viewers can remind of their precious fake or actual memories by seeing the series "Fragmentary Memory,"