What Would You Save? - Jarrod Matthew
Let me paint you a picture of your house in flames, where your sheets on your bed are the first to go and your stereo is melting with your cd still spinning. What would you save? In that moment where you’re standing in your room with every second burning that much more of the person you were, what would you take with you? I went viral with this project asking people to be a part of this project. I received some three-hundred submissions. Suddenly my inbox became a lot like a suicide hotline full of people with broken hearts clinging to photos of their ex-lovers and music boxes from their dead grandmothers. What started as a photo installation became something a lot more important. I didn’t ask for any kind of description to go along with the photos but so many people left me one and then I was having 300 conversations at once. So many people wrote to me and humbled me in ways I can’t even explain to you. There was a girl who told me about how she slept with a teddy bear that was about her size and how she thought the size of the bear was equivalent to how long at night she could sleep without nightmares and another girl who told me she’d leave her laptop in the fire so that she could reinvent herself. This project was less about the objects than it was the people behind them, these are short stories but these are the most important stories and you wouldn’t ever know that unless you got to know these people, unless you really took a few seconds to just ask them more than just their favorite color. So what would you save?
I’d like to also thank everybody who decided to participate in this project it meant the world to me, people loved some so much they stole them off the wall.