Christine Hinz Lenzen

re:Collections

I am interested in the mnemonic implications of the photograph. Utilizing photographs taken from my deceased grandmother’s archive, the work draws from research on public and private memorial rituals, historical and contemporary photographic theory, and familial folklore to explore the dichotomy of remembering and forgetting. Formally, the work derives from the language of both the archive and religious altars to address the issue of remembrance, including the complications that surround the remembrance of more tragic memories. The installation comprises of several individual pieces that when shown together reveal themselves as distinctive steps of an ongoing process which becomes a physical manifestation of the constant struggle between the desire to forget and the human propensity the remember.


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Family Portrait
Photographs, wine, bottles, rope, wood
8 x 7 x 9 feet

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Tapestry
Wine-stained photographs, cheesecloth,
   wax, string, wood
Installed: 10 x 3 x 7 feet
Uninstalled: 40 x 2.5 feet

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For Later Consumption
Wine, Photographs, Bottles, Wood, Cork
each shelf: 18 x 36 x 4.5 inches

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Timeline
Wine-stained photographs, cheesecloth,
   wax, string, wood
84 x 72 x 4.5 inches

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re:Stacks
Wine-Stained photographs, cheesecloth, wax, wood
each shelf: 10 x 36 x 4.5 inches

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Installation View: 
Snite Museum of Art
2012
L to R: Family Portrait, re:Stacks, Timeline, Tapestry

 

Installation View:
Snite Museum of Art
2012
L to R: Tapestry, For Later Consumption

installation-MACC
 

Installation View:
Marquette Arts and Culture Center
2014
L to R: Timeline, For Later Consumption, Family Portrait