Dear Photographs explores the journey of looking at photographs. The images are of Rachel Liu’s late grandfather. She has no specific memories of him, except the lingering pain after his death when she was young. Liu calls upon these photographs to know him more intimately. The process of examining and analyzing these images is an act of remembrance, grieving, and searching.
The work undulates between momentary clarity and ambiguity; intimacy and detachment. Despite this, the subject is never truly known—the images conceal as much as they reveal. Dear Photographs questions what photography can tell us about an individual or if they merely provide the illusion of knowing.
About Rachel Liu:
Rachel Liu is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, alternative processes, and mixed media. She is interested in photography’s capacity to be simultaneously factual and fictitious; forthcoming and withholding; clear and ambiguous. Liu is particularly interested in vernacular photography, often working with found imagery as well as her own family photos. Liu’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Her images have been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Photography of China, Fortune, and LensCulture. Liu lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
About Minnesota Street Project:
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