This untitled collection of photographs are part of an ongoing project which has
no foreseeable conclusion. In fact, all of the photographs are untitled and are only
distinguishable by their reference name found between the parentheses.
Shortly before leaving Guyana in June 2016, I had the opportunity to sit down with retired Civil Engineer, Egbert Carter and Photographer and Lawyer, Nikhil Ramkarran to discuss the Queen Victoria monument found in front of the High Court in central Georgetown.
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Photography & Memory: A Talk at the Moray House Trust
On the 6th of November 2014, Karran Sahadeo gave a talk at the Moray House Trust in Georgetown, Guyana about how our memories are effected by the camera and other gadgets. Sahadeo retraces the genesis of his artistic practice which includes photography and installation to help us understand how his memory is effected by the photographs he takes and re-creates. He then moves on to explain the tensions he faced after returning to Guyana after 24 years including how his memory of the country was challenged by the scenes he began to photograph.
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Outsourcing Memories: Why My Past is a Lie
I do not remember the exact moment when I began questioning my memory. And until recently, it was not the center of my practice. In the summer of 2012, I was hospitalized as part of the final phase of chemotherapy to treat the Hodgkin’s disease I had relapsed earlier in the year. I do not recall in great detail much of what happened. This had nothing to do my memory, instead this selective amnesia was brought upon by the mundane day-to-day life of lying in a bed. I could not tell you what I ate, or wasn’t eating. I could not tell you how much weight I lost, or about the weather on the other side of my window. I was caught in a routine. What I can recall, in great detail, was the shaking hands of the medical student doing work experience that could not find my pulse. I remember the bulging eyes of the senior nurse as she read 39.2 degrees from the thermometer. But most of all, I remember the furrowed eyebrows of the doctor with a pen to his lips who stood, bewildered because he could not tell me what the next few days would consist of. These gestures reminded me of an artist whom I had looked to for visual advice..
Last Day: A Story of the Quantified Life
The Last Day is a video work and installation that sets out to provoke thought about contemporary culture and lifestyle. Made up of “found” video and images from the artist’s various social networks and using the language of contemporary media advertisement, The Last Day is an intense examination and reflection of the artist’s choice of living publicly while exploring themes of technology dependence, narcissism, and privacy. The resulting video is 2 minutes and 15 seconds in duration and follows the fictional last day between the artist and his partner.