Over the past few decades, Nostalgia has come to the forefront of contemporary consciousness. It seems that longing for the past has far surpassed the excitement for the future that was so evident in the mid 20th century. Today, corporations capitalize on reissues, remakes and period pieces. Styles are cyclically reinstituted far more often than new ones are created. Most people can’t help but be nostalgic; longing for the past and stuck inside their memories.
Memory is one of the most important aspects of human existence. It influences the way we perceive the world, the choices we make, and the actions that follow. For better and for worse, memory determines who we are and what we will become. Often it is said that the past is something that can be put behind; that with a bit of effort memories can be repressed and forgotten. In practice, the past is not so easily pushed to the wayside. The most mundane moments or objects can recall vivid experiences that take one back to another time.
In these moments of reminiscence, the past and present mesh together in an instant of compressed time. Souvenirs is an attempt to create a catalyst for these moments of reminiscence.