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Work History 

 

Work History was a collaboration between my father and me. I called my dad, put him on speakerphone, and asked him to explain his work history in relative detail. He began by recalling jobs he had as a boy and continued to describe over thirty years of employment. This included his career as a home builder and his current job at a contract brewery. While he spoke, I lathered my face and gave myself a shave. During the conversation I went from being a son admiring my father's breadth of experience to being the temporal personification of his voice, recounting a life's worth of work. Our distinctive voices merged; I became him and he became me.

 

Mobius Gallery, Boston (2010)