Holly McHugh and tamara suarez porras

June 14-July 19, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 7-10pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays + Sundays 12-5pm, or by appointment 

Image: The Click That Never Holds, Holly McHugh

the lining of forgetting

CTRL+SHFT is pleased to present the lining of forgetting, an exhibition by Holly McHugh and tamara suarez porras. The show explores how objects, particularly connected to family, both hold memory and can be used to imagine new possibilities. Over the course of a month, the artists will be holding three events within the exhibition, we hope you can join us for one or all!

the lining of forgetting, is an exhibition by Holly McHugh and tamara suarez porras. The artists utilize archival photographic material to (re)read, (re)arrange, and (re)imagine personal histories. Their work explores how objects, particularly connected to family, both hold memory and become sites of departure for new understandings.

McHugh reconsiders objects from a late family member's ephemera, like newspaper clippings and snapshots, with mark-making that interweaves absence and presence. Bleaching, rubbing, obscuring of the image evoke ghostly remains and reinterpretations of this archive.

suarez porras begins with found photographs and objects as material to redress gaps and untruths within her family history. Contending with the known-unknown identity of her biological father, she adapts a limited archive of objects (letters, photographs, stories) with rearrangements and the speculative. An installation of 24 black-and-white photographs imagines a dialogue between the artist and her father using super 8mm film stills and adapted text from his letters. A performance during the show’s closing explores a conversation between the artist, her mother, and her unknown relatives using fragments of video interviews, existing texts, and photographic material. The title of the show, adapted from Chris Marker’s "Sans Soleil," is a synonym of remembering: to remember is not the opposite of forgetting, Marker says, but rather its lining.


Object Memory: A conversation
with Holly McHugh, Kija Lucas, and tamara suarez porras: Saturday, July 13, 1-3pm

Polaroid Transfer Workshop: Sunday, July 14, 3-5pm
RSVP required, email ctrlshftcollective@gmail.com to let us know you are attending. $10-25 sliding scale donation to cover consumable supplies, NOTAFLOF

Closing Reception and Performance: Friday, July 19, 7-10pm
tamara suarez porras will perform "there was a great silence, parts 1 and 2”

Holly McHugh is and artist and writer and recently earned a dual degree in Fine Arts and Visual Critical Studies at The California College of the Arts. From 2014-2015 she was a participant in the Queer Ancestors Project; an interdisciplinary workshop committed to establishing relationships between the LGBTQI community and its historical lineage (which is where her interest in archives and ephemera originated) In 2018 she was a recipient of the Barclay Simpson juried MFA Award and a finalist for the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. Her work has been shown in San Francisco, Oakland and Denver.
tamara suarez porras is an artist, writer, and educator from (south) Brooklyn, NY and based in Berkeley, CA. tamara explores the fluid relationships of time, memory, and history through a photo-conceptual, research-centric practice. Her work spans across installation, writing, filmmaking, and performance, using archival material as a site of possibility for (re)imagination. She has exhibited nationally, including at the Brooklyn Museum, School at the International Center of Photography, En Foco Touring Gallery, and Deitch Projects in New York City, as well as fusedspace, Root Division, The Growlery, and Embark Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Her writing has been published on Art Practical, The Brooklyn Rail, and contemptorary. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Photography & Imaging department, and from California College of the Arts with an MFA/MA in Fine Arts and Visual and Critical Studies.

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