The Unperson Project                                           




This project is an archive of oblivion. We created an open call inviting people to donate us
photographs where they have erased someone from the image as a means to forget them or a
moment in their history. This process is called vaporization and once someone is vaporized they
become an Unperson, a term created by George Orwell in 1984. We focus on exploring the
value of the photograph as a medium in which inflicted attempts at oblivion are perpetrated and
how those blank spaces, burnt marks, cut out faces or scratched off ink taking the place of
someone only insist on the presence of the ones who went from apotheosis to damnatio
memoriae. 
Control plays a predominant role in this project. Beginning with effacing the frustrated desire to
control their memories, the participants shift that desire of forgetting someone and project it to
the object that contains their image, inflicting their control over a photograph. Once they decide
to donate it to the project, the control of the photographic object is passed on to us, the
guardians of the archive. Therefore the intentions behind the materiality of the object change,
The Unperson Project takes control:  We catalogue them, organize or disorganize them, decide
their place in the archive. In addition, we take the photographs out of context, they now have the
potential to morph and adapt to new forms of exposure. Their material forms will now create
different experiences from the original intentions and by making them public, we make them
accessible, hence losing control over them.
The Unperson Project is created by artists Susana Moyaho and Andrea Tejeda K.










If you wish to participate, please send us an email: theunpersonproject@gmail.com



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