El Paso is where Megan Ganey was raised, where her family has a storied history and where her grandfather passed on to her a cigar box of negatives. The cigar box and the negatives that fill it belonged to his mother Flora, who documented her life and family in El Paso on medium format film. These negatives have inspired a body of work in which the composer has transitioned from Flora to Megan, each on opposite ends of the frame. Like El Paso and the history it holds as “the pass,” this work is the passage of a practice between generations. Megan uses the layers between family history and detachment to create a space for reinvention. She produces surreal representations of interpersonal interactions; an alternative reality that tethers her to Flora.
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