Exposing my Memories
Exposing my Memories
slate stone, plexiglass, concrete
installation
Place-des-arts in Montreal
2021
Exposing My Memories is a sculptural installation related to the subject of loss, grief and resilience. Through her work, artist My-Van Dam invites the public to perceive grief as the end of a stage in our lives, but also as an opportunity to reinvent and rebuild ourselves. In her project, the artist is interested in the memories and emotions linked to loss and the potential for reconstruction through this extremely complex experience. In order to question the place of mourning in our society, Dam exposes her family's mourning process in light of the loss of her father, with an installation comprised of large transparent columns inside of which are slate stones stacked one on top of the other. On each stone is engraved a sentence, a word or a poem from the writings of her mother, her sister and her own texts. Through Exposing My Memories, Dam invites the public to discover her family history, while also inviting viewers to share their experiences and to see grief as a universal experience.