The Souvenir as an Object (Series of sculptures 2013)
We are constantly surrounded by objects. Our day-to-day functions and lives are conducted in relation to objects. Objects have spiritual, emotional, symbolic, sexual, social, cultural and political value. They mediate our lives by the qualities they possess and the complex practices they help facilitate. Besides functional and practical qualities they also have symbolic functions. Souvenirs are an example of objects with a clearly symbolic function: encapsulating memories. The symbolic value of souvenirs is determined by the memory the owner assigns to the object. My bachelor thesis discussed “The Souvenir as an Object” on a theoretical, philosophical and anthropological level. My graduation work explored the different physical identities that a souvenir can embody. These works touch upon the paradoxes of mass-production versus the intimacy of someone’s personal experience.