Conversation often begins with a question much in the same way art-making does. Words possess the potential to better know one another; the visual possesses knowledge to understand constructs both abstract and concrete, past and present. Each endeavor is a call in search of a response, but the response from the visual becomes more obscure as what we see creates a gap between what we do know and what we think we know.

Together, Zora J Murff and Rana Young began mining their own family histories, exploring the void left by an absent parent. The images in Fade Like a Sigh reflects their dialogues of this shared experience. Using their personal small collections of family photographs and reinterpreting them through their own contemporary imagery, Murff and Young highlight the complicated relationship between photographic record and the fragmented and abstract nature of memory.

This collaboration began in 2017 and is on-going. To see more of Zora’s work, please visit his website


Fade Like a Sigh / AINT-BAD Issue12: Curator's Choice / September 2017


Fade Like a SighBritish Journal of Photography / by Max Ferguson / February 17th, 2017


Fade Like a Sigh / Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts / Nebraska City, Nebraska / January 9th – February 17th, 2017