The Impossible Index | Shiraz Grinbaum

In the last decade, I have been taking photographs of my father, who suffers from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder triggered by the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. This body of work has grown into a personal mythological archive, showing the darkness and also shedding light on the intimate relations and intergenerational transference of trauma. With this iterative-visual labyrinth, which now consists of over one-hundred rolls of film, I delve into the familial as a realm of becoming. I use these images as metaphors for the self, to highlight the ways unacknowledged psychic pain can bind one generation to the next in chains of fate and suffering. It is my hope that my personal photographic acts become performative gestures of intimacy and point to the potential of post-traumatic growth as an aperture for change and healing.

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