I collect anything that was given to me with love and kindness. I can’t throw anything away. I’m too attached. I’m sentimental. I don’t like to admit it, but I am. I can’t bring myself to let go of things. Even if someone has written a note, I can’t throw it away. It’s easier to ignore it.
Hoarding is not OCD. Hoarding is not clutter. Hoarding is the persistent difficulty in being able to throw things away. I can’t. I stand in front of a mountain of memories and I hold on to what happened…
Hoarding usually begins at a young age. The act can be directly influenced by parental behaviour and tends to increase after trauma, so when a triple whammy of unexpected bereavements shatters Susanna’s life, her compendium of tangible memories became a shrine to the past.
Landfill of Memories is an autobiographical, durational and participatory gallery intervention about our relationship with holding onto things and the subsequent place it takes up in our heads, our hearts and our houses.
Be part of the show
Do you have a memory you’d like to share? Something you want to get of your chest? Perhaps letters from someone who did you wrong, a picture of an ex you keep meaning to throw out? Or even a happy memory you just want to send out into the world, then Susanna would like to hear from you.
If you’d like to be part of Landfill of Memories, please email your memory to email@example.com subject ‘Landfill of Memories’.
Please note: Any memory used in the show will be made anonymous and any real names will be changed.
Socially Distanced Performances
Events in Theatre 2 have unreserved seating, but numbers are capped at 50% capacity for socially distanced performances to ensure that you can leave space between yourself and other audience members.