The Archive & The Memento

This project is an exploration of material culture, keepsakes and sentimentality within an ever-advancing world of digital dependence. Millennials are supposedly the most photographed generation, yet we are at risk of becoming the forgotten generation. We have the fullest image galleries, yet we trust the internet and a digital cloud to such an extent that we scarcely print off and write captions on the back of photos, denying these tokens of culture their physical value.  Handwritten letters have become almost a completely foreign practice. Postcards are sometimes gathered on travels, yet they seldom get posted, as faster means of communication prevail. A sense of both immediacy and convenience in communication will now always conquer material transference. But are we losing, or have we already lost, the physical traces that constitute the material culture we can leave behind? 


Get in touch: kate.leola@gmail.com