Thea Anamara Perkins: History House: Firstdraft | Sydney

“Pointed in the wrong direction, trapped outside their own history and unable to retrace their steps because their footprints had been swept away. He explained that history was like an old house at night. With all the lamps lit. And ancestors whispering inside. “To understand history,” Chacko said, “we have to go inside and listen to what they’re saying. And look at the books and the pictures on the wall. And smell the smells.”

“[…] because we’ve been locked out. And when we look in through the windows, all we see are shadows. And when we try and listen, all we hear is a whispering. And we cannot understand the whispering”.

– ‘The God of Small Things’ Arundhati Roy

History House forms the vehicle for an investigation of identity as a concept inextricable from personal ‘history’, sparked by an interest in photographs from my family archive and their evocation of emotional and psychological spaces in time.

As representations of the context from which my identity emerged, it was interesting to consider the selection of images from a random collection of photographs as a group of multifarious experiences and to channel them the through a mechanism to produce an ‘architecture’ or framework of self; experiences inherently contiguous with the frameworks of others.

History House is a proliferation intended to reflect the growth or evolution of identity. Not only is it an intervention, it is a new expression or iteration of a moment, of a history.