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” Let us now suppose that we recall an event of our family life, which, as the saying goes, is engraved in our memory. Let us then try to eliminate from it these ideas and traditional judgements which define the mind of the family.

What remains then? It is even possible to accomplish such a dissociation, to distinguish in the recollection of the event “the image of that which happened only once and is focused on a moment of time and a single event” from the notions that in general express our experience of the actions and life-styles of our parents?”

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(HALBWACHS, Maurice “Collective Memory”)

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Remembering and Forgetting Mexico is a video documentary project developed around the subject of Cultural Memory, focusing on the work of the collective memory of the family exploring issues related to migration and methods for cultural adaptation.

We worked closely with 2 Mexican families, developing video interviews which each member of the family, working inter-generationally. Emphases were being made around the institutions which are responsible for maintaining cultural attachments while mediating its transformations, such as: the Museums, the Community organisations, but most importantly, the family.

The main focus was to explore in each member of the family their personal memories, observing what are the main objects or institutions which maintains and transform cultural memory when leaving the country of origin and establishing in a new place.

Remembering and forgetting then becomes a strategy  for adaptation, and each member of the family plays important role in these transitions.

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