Cesarco made this portrait of his father, who was a doctor, shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer. The camera lingers on him, posed in his office as if for a still photograph, with a melancholy that suggests final contact or farewell. “The work documents both a constructed and an anticipated memory,” the artist said. In fact, the video shows his filmic portrait projected in the same space in which it was made, now empty.
Gallery label from Chosen Memories, April 30–September 9, 2023