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Andrea Tese: Inheritance
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Andrea Tese: Inheritance

As a part of the mourning process she went through after her grandfather passed away, Andrea Tese took 72 photographs of his earthly possessions. The resulting series of images, called ‘Inheritance’, depicts mundane objects like tools and clothes, collectibles such as paperweights and personal documents including family snapshots.

Tese - Five Bottles (Forgotten Stash)

Andrea Tese, “Five Bottles (Forgotten Stash)” (2010-2012), C-print on paper, 40 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist and De Buck Gallery, New York

Tese does a great job of balancing a very personal tribute to her grandfather with the detachment of a documentary maker. By systematically arranging the objects, Tese purposefully removes them from their context. It is as if, by rigorously sorting through her late grandfather’s belongings, she has started the process of letting him go, essentially putting distance between him and her through the process of objectifying his life.

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Andrea Tese, “Tools” (2010-2012), C-print on paper, 40 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist and De Buck Gallery, New York.

The exhibition catalogue asks how the things that we own define us, which suggests that we have the opportunity to get to know Tese’s grandfather. After all, the neat compositions probably form a fairly complete inventory of his material existence. Having seen the exhibition I believe it is the other way around. We define the things we own until we are gone. Walking through this exhibition I find myself looking for the person behind the objects, but like Tese I have to accept that he is no longer there.

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Andrea Tese “Grandma’s Lists” (2010-2012), C-print on paper, 40 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist and De Buck Gallery, New York

Andrea Tese just had her debut exhibition with De Buck Gallery, located on 545 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011.