We take memory for granted as the absolute representation of the truth but as Oliver Sacks noted, “We as human beings are landed with memory systems that have fallibilities, frailties, and imperfections – but also great flexibility and creativity.” Therefore we see with our eyes and our brains.
“The Memory War” is a chronicle of fleeting visions; hallucinations, as opposed to a documentation of (objective) realities built around the Balinese concept of Sekala (the seen) Niskala (the unseen; the occult) where that which is unseen is attributed equal importance and must be respected. Using the seen as a series of props to paint the picture of the unseen, it is an invitation to the viewer to find his or her own way of reading and interpreting each picture.
Photographs & Text: Sanja Jugovic Burns
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