A deeply private undertaking concerning the brittleness of household ties within the face of contemporary life and loss of life by Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker Brandon Tauszik (beforehand featured right here). Brandon’s grandmother, Shirley Tauszik, had been estranged from the household and dwelling alone for 3 many years when she handed away in 2020. Within the aftermath, Brandon and his father Lowell had been tasked with sorting via the contents of fifteen picket storage vaults in a storage facility in rural Massachusetts.
Amidst piles of battered furnishings, unread books, stockpiled rest room paper, and expired drugs, Brandon paperwork the up to date rituals of loss of life as he watches his father bodily grapple along with his grandmother’s belongings. Whereas private possessions are often handed down via the household with a way of reverence, the undertaking confronts us with a actuality the place no such emotions are discovered. “If we had been on the lookout for significance in these sealed containers,” Brandon states, “we discovered solely junk.” And but, regardless of the shortage of anticipated sentimentality, Brandon and Lowell do discover is a way of connection and catharsis — forging a deeper bond as father and son, and opening up a dialogue round legacies of psychological sickness, abandonment, and the remedial energy of affection.