by Aurélie Sorriaux
About the project
“Yes, I am palimpsest too, a place made over but trying to trace back.”
— Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, Lauret Savoy
Year after year, this process evolves. Within this process, a rock gets eroded as much as it collects more residue.
As history passes, just like the land with erosion traces, our personal stories are marked.
Lauret Savoy writes in her book Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape that “Sand and Stone are Earth’s fragmented memory. Each of us, too, is a landscape inscribed by memory and loss”.
In this point of view, I assimilate stones as a representation of each personal story. We all had a story before our birth: where are we coming from? What is our origin? What did our ancestors do? Rocky mountains existed before us and will after us. The earth science which is geology gives us the key to read the past of our land and learn from it. What about us? If we have the opportunity we can ask our grandparents, but we will never know enough. They will leave with all this knowledge, which we will never know. What to do with all these questions we will never be able to ask? How to find an answer to these silenced memories? How can we re-trace our story when we don’t have our ancestors anymore?
About the artist
Born in 1994, in France, Aurélie Sorriaux is based in Amsterdam.
Aurélie Sorriaux graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2020. The artist’s photographic approach leans toward the trace as a mark of existence, memory and experience. Sorriaux attaches a strong importance to the medium presenting the images. Building knowledge about photography history, art history and literature, Sorriaux’s photographic practice particularly comprises silver photography, shot and print, though the digital frequently appears as a complement.