Oblivion

2012
70 x 15 cm, C-type print

Marc Augé claims that ‘Oblivion is a necessity both to society and to the individual. One must know how to forget in order to taste the full flavor of the present, of the moment, and of expectation, but memory itself needs forgetfulness: one must forget the recent past in order to find the ancient past again’

Augé differentiates between 3 types of oblivion:
The return to an ancient past by forgetting the present or recent past; a suspension of time that cuts the present moment off from both the past and the future; the rebeginning, or starting over, a radical inauguration.