The Ballad of J&D

“Through a series of old family snapshots, the true and tragic story of an anonymous couple becomes an intimate narrative about their love, marriage and death. J & D were linked for life, even after they went their separate ways. A moving and poetic film journal.” Canadian Film Centre Worldwide Short Film Festival, 2011.

Screened as part of Recollections, a group exhibition about personal history and inherited memorabilia, The Ballad of J & D speaks to and about the seemingly insignificant elements that serve as part of a domestic suburban portrait, the undisclosed details of family, and the way people choose to remember their past.

To be sure, there is a burden attached to these memories, and it is in a spirit of a personally complicated and ethically problematic disclosure that this work is screened publicly.

Delivered as a slide show against the backdrop of a religious hymn, The Ballad of J &D is a short video that engages with the issues of family attachments, suburban domesticity, and the artlessness of undecoded childhood recollection.

  • Wedding Cake. The Ballad of J&D. North Vancouver, Canada (2009).

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  • Grain elevator on wedding day. The Ballad of J&D. North Vancouver, Canada (2009).

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RECOLLECTION – group exhibit, artists’ statement

Why do certain objects and events call out to us?  What makes us attach importance to inanimate things in our lives?

In Recollection we question the transient nature of what we own and who we are: Why do we hold so tightly to the objects of our past when we know they will eventually be lost, forgotten, recycled, or destroyed?

Living in a disposable culture we find ourselves in a constant state of acquiring and discarding, either consciously or unconsciously, and the emotions we attach to the things we pick up and toss away can far outweigh their perceived worth. It is with this notion of ‘value’ in mind that we have created an exhibition that explores the theme of ‘the lost and forgotten.’

Recollection is a group show in which each artist has documented something that has played a significant part in his or her life. These restored artifacts may be seen to represent ordinary items and events, but to the individual artist they contain a multitude of memories and meanings.

As inheritors of a history not entirely our own, we cling to the physical and ephemeral remnants of our past, and it is through recontextualizing these objects and events in a gallery space that we have attempted to communicate and rewrite their mythologies.

  • Recollection postcard, front. Vancouver, Canada (2009).

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  • Recollection postcard, back. Vancouver, Canada (2009).

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