Flashes & Absences is a work with multiple facets of the same experience.
They can be understood separately or together. It is constructed of a leporello with an inserted booklet and a text counterpart.
Carole Suety uses images taken with her phone before a head injury partially wiped her memory. These images were printed, re-photographed and re-printed many times. With physical objects to order she hoped to revive her memory of events just before the injury.
Sometimes, the photographs triggered recollections or fleeting sensations.There were flashes of meaning and troubling absences. Sometimes confusion or joy.
The photos are evidence of actual events and encounters but when re-photographed and reordered it is unclear if she has revived what was lost or created an entirely new memory.
Reconstructing one night becomes a waking dream where time is fractured and real places and people jostle with nightmares.
Ahmed Siddiqui uses the photographs to create a prose poem anchored in dream and sensation. He draws out possible conclusions based on the fragments of evidence.
Everything in Flashes & Absences is based in reality. Everything is true. Everything is fiction.