SUKI AND THE PAPERFOLD
VANESSA VAN HOUTEN
SUKI and the Paperfold explores the intricacies of the social influence of the artist’s immediate and extended family on her character by way of a series of single frame photographed tableaux vivants.
These ‘living pictures’ are directly contrasted with photographed objects from Van Houten’s past; these objects or ‘artefacts’ evoke a memory of a person from her family.
Born in California, raised in the Bahamas and Germany and now settled in Melbourne, Van Houten is a migrant who, consciously informed by her experiences, seeks to explore identity, displacement and how her story relates to other migrants and their communities. Her project is motivated by a deeply personal relationship to the subject matter of loss of cultural orientation, networks and the basic ability to communicate daily in your first language.