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AMELIA BRYNE
visual anthropology

Kitchen 1988/2008
A film by Amelia Bryne / Phoebe Sullivan

This film began with a photograph that I found of my mother and sister in our kitchen. The photo was taken in the late 1980s, shortly after we had moved into the house. Now, 20 years later, although the dimensions of the room and many of the objects and appliances remain the same it was surprising to see that space look so stark and empty. In this film we wanted to document the physical evidence of the passing of time.

This was more challenging than we anticipated. To prepare the "set" we strung a sheet along the side-windows of the kitchen to dilute the bright sunshine, and created an adjustable fishing line mechanism to suspended the photograph in front of the video camera. Initially we had planned to create a simple, static shot of the photograph with the present-day room behind it, letting viewers look at and compare the two. But, as we looked through the camera we began to see that the difference between the two times was so big that it might not be clear that they were the same space...

Color / USA / 2:30 min / 2008