Jean Marie Casbarian

The Daybooks of Margaret Jurigian (expanded version)
Little Bird (expanded version)
Cara Sposa (expanded version)

Once Removed is based on the sparse photographic archive of Margaret Jurigian, an Armenian immigrant living in Boston. There is little information on Margaret save for the sketchy anecdotes passed down from generations.

Writing under the guise of Margaret, I narrate her life through fictitious and fragmented journal entries, video works, a book, and ultimately culminating in a performance piece. Photographs culled from my personal family archive, as well as appropriated public access images serve as inspiration to the text. The juxtaposed text and image begin to cross the boundaries of truth and daydream, imagining a life that was never fully realized.

This project continues my interest in family archives and the interior worlds that I lovingly occupy with these ghosts.