Louise Taylor . Sakura

Louise Taylor uses a photo archive to reconsider her father whom, she did not know for long, but whose death left a lasting impression on her life. Colour slides, stored for 45 years amongst his belongings, portray a man engaged and captivated by the world around him. Stills from his black and white Super8 film, however, reveal a more complex picture. In 1975, a year after returning from Japan, Taylor’s father ended his life. His photographic archive, taken in Japan between 1972 and 1974, forms the foundation for Taylor’s research. She attempts to reinterpret him through his photographic collection, weaving her own narrative through his body of work. The work is as sombre as it is poignant: a piece filled with intense feelings and delicately determined words.

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Louise Taylor is a photographer based in Oxford, UK. She uses photography, writing, and family archives to explore themes of autobiography, identity and loss. Her films have screened in festivals at the National Film Theatre and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Modern Art Oxford exhibited work from Sakura in the Responsive Space gallery, 2020 after participating in an Activating our Archives workshop with artist Sunil Shah.

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