Until we remember the same
/book, 730 pages, edition of 5/

Visual conception and graphic design: Marcel Benčík

From May 2012 till May 2013 I was working on a “collaborative project” with my sister. It consisted of a very simple everyday activity - taking a picture of the sun at the same minute, wherever we were, for a period of one year, when the sun completes its cycle. What led me to this is our family history - the fact that we had not grown up together and she found out about my existence only three years ago. Shortly after we met for the first time, I realized that our relationship however close, was yet to be built. We don’t share a past; we have no common memories; there are no family photographs - a very strange feeling of equal being proximity and remoteness. The act of taking pictures as an everyday ritual was an attempt to get over something that cannot be retrieved from the past; a means of building our archive of “shared” moments, like catching grains of sand, being so close and so distant at the same time.

“Until We Remember The Same” eventually turned into a book. It has a form of a double book - two parts, mine and my sister’s, joined together by their backs. One’s not able to see the pictures from the same day simultaneously and as the viewer flips through the pages, they go from past to present - thus, those two parts are getting a bit closer with each day, yet they fail to meet in the middle.
A couple of pages remains blank - reminding us of the days when due to various circumstances, we forgot or were unable to take a picture.