Me and My Girl Holly is a multimedia project exploring suburban homes found throughout North America. It attempts to analyze them as everyday objects in visual culture in postwar America. While visiting towns across Canada & the U.S., I saw homes and neighbourhoods that became indistinguishable from one another. This brought forward the questions of how individuals experience and develop within such homogeneously constructed suburban environments. Do the suburbs create a specific subjectivity amongst its inhabitants? How do these developments shape the North American ideology of "home" if one can so easily find a neighbourhood just like their own nearly anywhere across the continent? How is the relationship, both with the home and the ones within it, distorted? And finally, what of the homes of the future?
The title is reference to Terrence Malick's 1973 film, Badlands, and to the works of American photographers and filmmakers in postmodern America - notably, Malick and Lynch. The photographs are to be seen as different parts from the same home, and are juxtaposed with found images and internet media, in an attempt to further perpetuate the idea of repetition and indecipherability in suburbia.
Montreal, QC. Canada. 2013-2014.