marianne csaky



Delete, 2010
video animation, 3:12

The essential part of my project about history and memory is filming and photographing the same scenes in different places with local people with different personal background. I started this project in Budapest then I continued the work in Seoul, Korea, where I spent 3 months at Changdong Studio residency program in 2008, then in Kunming, Yunnan, China where I spent 4 months at the 943Studio residency program in 2009/2010, then in Shanghai in 2010.
The source material is an old European (Hungarian) home movie. I re-shot some sequences and stills of this movie in Kunming, in January 2010, asking my Chinese colleagues and friends to perform the original scenes in their interpretation. In this project the process itself, thinking together and working together with others, is as important as the result. This way of working can add new aspects to the process of interpreting and re-interpreting history and re-writing memory and, by this means, it also provides remedy and release from fixed notions and images. My aim is to experiment with the way we construct ourselves and our vision of the world.