sometime we cheat on our present with our past. and that’s okay


i’ve been collecting family archives. cross border letters from the early 90s; vhs tapes from the early 00s; objects from somewhere in between

tracking memory, migration and emotions




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Borimir Totev

About this Work 
In the same year that digital cameras outsold their analog counterparts, my aunt bought a camcorder to document both the arrival of her newborn and her arrival to a new life away from home.

Over 30 hours of VHS footage capture the intimate everyday experience of migrants at the dawn of a new Blairite millennium.

This archive stays true to homemade memories of the migration experience (often overshadowed by visuals of the hard done by, self-pitying immigrant).