Persistent Visions | Erika Tan
Film stills from Persistent Visions by Erika Tan
Persistent Visions is a 24 minute three screen installation work which engages the concept of the colonial archive as a site of contestation and power. Drawing upon amateur audio and visual materials collected by individuals and families attached to various British colonizing missions in the early 20th Century that are now deposited at The Empire & Commonwealth Museum in Bristol, the three screen installation primarily seeks to understand how ideas of the ‘Orient’ came to be produced. Approaching the concept of the archives as a subject, rather than as source from which a greater history could emerge, Persistent Visions pays attention to the process of archiving itself and not just the treatment of the archive as a mere receptacle of fact, voices and memories.