Memories in Circulation

Me and Invisible Line (collective) (2010-2011) by Julie Mehretu at the Whitney Museum of Art. Photo by James Reeves.

“Strangely, the memory of eating eggs on Chinese New Year was one that my mother later told to me as well, except in this version, it was she who had grown up in the countryside—even though she had actually grown up in Fuzhou city proper. It was as if she had absorbed her husband’s memories as her own. Or maybe she was trying to speak for him, to keep his memories in circulation.”

Severance by Ling Ma