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Personal Exhibitions Create Identity

For this post, I have included an image of a wall collage I recently created. Though I realize that the collection of photographs that are laminated and placed strategically on my wall are not, by any means, worthy of a national museum at this point in time. However, I was struck by the Dickinson et. al. reading which explained in detail the rhetorical, story-telling power of collecting, exhibiting, and representing artifacts. Just as museum curators collect certain photographs and artifacts to display in a specific location and in a specific way in the museum to tell a story, I also deliberately chose certain photographs for display so that I could tell the story of my life over the past three to four years. The photographs indicate adventures I have had in addition to capturing moments in my life that I wish to remember fondly and further share with others. This is, arguably, what is done in museums. Not all museums intend to remember fond memories; however, the key is that whatever is displayed is intentionally done so to convey meaning and in some cases memory. I guess what I am trying to say, is that we construct our own identities that we wish to convey to the public due in part to the artifacts from our lives we choose to display.




I do the same thing and I think that its pretty neat how you decided that this could also fit to that article. I really like your last two sentences, and it’s and interesting way to look at the photographs that we choose to show around our own houses. – It’s intentionally done to convey meaning and memory.


Your title captures it all. I agree that photos of relatives, past experiences and/or loved ones allow viewers to get a sense of our life, our world and even our values. Nice perception!!


First of all, I love groups of photos like this. I’m working on one for my house now! You’re also dead-on in your explanation. I like that you used some happy pictures as opposed to the examples that the reading gives us. You made something “good” fit in to a pretty dismal article. Thank you for making us think positively!

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