01 — 2020 + beyond
the memoir effect
photography + research
vr + code +
contemp. install 
A contemporary installation created by the people, for the people. Collecting data from all over the world, I intend to create a community of stories from everyone and how the year 2020 has impacted their lives. Take a sneak peak and immerse yourself in the world of others, without necessarily having to be physically with them.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ~Designed by Noelia Jerez 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ~Built in Blender by Diego Solis


What have you been most grateful for since this year started? Is it a connection? Is it family? Health? Alone time? How has 2020 changed your outlook on the current state of the world? How are you coping? This year has brought on challenges to many individuals and has tested the way we interact and go about our everyday lives. During quarantine we forgot that we aren't alone, the sense of communal safety vanished in a heartbeat because communal gatherings were no longer safe. Being alone for some, unfortunately became the new normal and the only sense of community was through a screen, photographs, movies, shows. People longed for connectivity, for a sense of remembrance of what it was like to step into someone else's home without fear. We were asked to stay indoors- find ways to grasp at interaction without having resources that could push us through. The idea of memoirs and what they hold took on a personal meaning to some, allowing for distant thoughts and feelings to surface in order to remember the experience of actually living- pain and happiness.

The use of polaroids allows for the individuality to still live through the space without being physically present. The silk portraits intertwine with the polaroids, giving space for stories to be deeply touched upon, just like a memoir. Each subject gets the chance to choose what they want others to see or not see. Through the use of safety by both parties, a sense of community is being created in spaces where we were confined to be with only ourselves. The memoir effect is meant to showcase an array of thoughts that we have all collectively been living through, even though we may be miles apart living completely different lives.

If you or anyone you know would like to be apart of the project, please contact me here.

I am so excited to finally share my thesis with everyone!  

© Noelia Jerez