Bradford M. Young
Ten years ago, my sister gave me a box of letters people had written to us after my mother passed from AIDS in 1993. Since then, the box has remained unopened. I’d like to create a space for my sisters and me to read these letters to one another. I’d like to build a replica of my childhood kitchen. I will build three walls of a hexagon. Grey walls and a floor of half-yellow shag carpet a half-burnt flower print low pile carpet. In the middle of the room there will be a blue hexagon-shaped table. On the table will be a plate of bran muffins and three cups of coffee. Suspended above the table will be a pendant light. I will have my two older sisters join me at the table. I will shoot us reading the letters and turn that footage into a four-channel film intervention: three channels of us reading and one of light studies shot in 16mm around the house that my mother and I grew up in, which is also where she died.
The photograph of Bradford M. Young was taken by Atsushi Nishijima.