These Objects, Those Memories

Roger Horn
South Africa 2017 | 29 Min. | OmeU
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How can you keep your most pre­cious mem­o­ries, when every­thing is left behind? Work­ing in Cape Town, South Africa, three migrant women from Zim­bab­we found a keeper of their past in mate­r­i­al cul­ture, they brought with them: The baby blan­ket, a son back in Zim­bab­we used to sleep on. The stove that was a present from father and broth­er back home. The first camera in the family. In a split screen, Roger Horn arranges the wom­en’s nar­ra­tions of key moments in their lives with objects they con­nect with these mem­o­ries. His unusu­al tech­nique opens a space for asso­ci­a­tions and con­tem­pla­tion as well as a feel­ing of the past and an omnipresent long­ing for a return to Zim­bab­we. “These Objects, Those Mem­o­ries” is the center of Horn’s PhD research in Visual Anthro­pol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cape Town.