Lindsay Seers, I saw the light, 2005
“She is engrossed by the conceptual and philosophical questions raised by the medium that relate to truth, imagination, memory and history.
(…) as a child she could not speak. This silence was possibly caused by a condition called eidetic memory (photographic memory). Seers first spoke at the age of eight when she saw a photograph of herself, asking: ‘Is that me?’ Her eidetic memory faded with the onset of language. This traumatic loss of her memory led her to ‘become’ a camera; she started forming images by inserting pieces of light-sensitive paper into her mouth and using her lips as the aperture and shutter. This passive process of ‘ingesting’ the world occupied her for many years, she gave up her life as a camera to ‘become’ a projector emitting images in an act of extramission.”
Nicolas Bourriaud on Lindsay Seers @Tate