Exhibition dates: FALL 2020
Location: Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Central Rugby, Warwickshire, UK
Online Exhibition: http://www.rugby.gov.uk/ragm/homepage/158/false_memory

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum is presenting a contemporary art exhibition connected to the theme of False Memory. A false memory is the recollection of something that did not happen or happened differently from the actual events, without consciously intending to deceive. The exhibition seeks to challenge our perception of being able to accurately remember moments from the past and considers the relative ease of creating false memories.

This exhibition will coincide with the display of Lindsay Seers’ Extramission 2 (The Trilogy) that became part of the Rugby Collection in 2011. Seemingly autobiographical yet incoherent, it tells the story of Seers’ upbringing on the island of Mauritius and addresses the artist’s early speechlessness; development of a photographic memory and eventual loss of this ability when she began to talk. Constructing memories, rather than documenting them, Seers poses the questions: Is the camera a tool for documenting and recording, or for creating? Is truth something that can be told or is it experienced? To these questions there is no convincing resolution.

This group exhibition explores the production of fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories. We invited artists to submit artworks that linked with the theme in whatever way inspires them. Such as, Imagined experience against lived experienced, Gist memory, walking memory, nostalgia or any other memory-based phenomena that are linked to the construction and discussion of false memory. Works can be both literal and/or symbolic or can be directly inspired by the themes in Lindsay Seers’ artwork.