TARRAH KRAJNAK

EL JARDÍN DE SENDEROS QUE SE BIFURCAN | 2018
Named after a Borges story by the same title, my book El Jardín de Senderos Que Se Bifurcan explores the process of tracing my origins amidst contradictory familial narratives. Indigenous to Peru and orphaned as a baby I was adopted into a working class transracial family from the American coal country and raised as a twin to my African American brother. This early experience of racial difference established my ongoing preoccupation with orphanhood, ancestral exile, origins, and the way these constructs are written on the body and in the archive. In this book, I set out not to recover some stable authentic identity hidden by the circumstances of my birth and adoption, but rather to build a psychic history, to imagine lineages, to invent mothers, and to resurrect ancestors in an effort to understand my place within the larger political, social, and historical narratives of my birth place– Lima, Peru circa 1979.

*I am currently developing this book project into an exhibition that will open November 2018 at the Houston Center for Photography. The exhibition version of the project extends the ideas explored in the book into a performative shadow archive. Using video, projection, and re-photographic strategies I physically insert my body into the archive of the book.

Senderos Que Se Bifurcan
El Jardín De Senderos Que Se Bifurcan
Book Dummy | 11'' x 12 3/4''
75 pages | 45 B&W plates | Perfect Bind
Poems | Photos | Design: Tarrah Krajnak

Edition of 3 + 3 A/P | 2018
TARRAH KRAJNAK Senderos Que Se Bifurcan (Left) Pigment on Adhesive Wallpaper/ (Right) Pigment Print
Self Portrait as Walking Woman (Diptych), September 1979, Lima, Peru/Claremont, CA, 2018.
(Left) Pigment on Adhesive Wallpaper/ (Right) Pigment Print
85''x56''/40''x40''
TARRAH KRAJNAK Senderos Que Se Bifurcan Pigment Prints or Silver Gelatin Prints
Time Twin (Triptych), Self-Portrait as Angie, Lima, Peru 1979 / Lima, Peru 2014 / Claremont, CA, 2018.
Pigment Prints or Silver Gelatin Prints
24''x24'' each
TARRAH KRAJNAK Senderos Que Se Bifurcan Pigment Prints or Silver Gelatin Prints
Time Twin (Triptych), Self-Portrait as Lynda, Lima, Peru 1979 / Lima, Peru 2014 / Claremont, CA, 2018.
Pigment Prints or Silver Gelatin Prints
24''x24'' each
TARRAH KRAJNAK Senderos Que Se Bifurcan Pigment Prints or Silver Gelatin Prints
Time Twin (Triptych), Self-Portrait as Rosa, Lima, Peru 1979 / Lima, Peru 2014 / Claremont, CA, 2018.
Pigment Prints or Silver Gelatin Prints
24''x24'' each