Peiter Griga is fascinated by the ways in which humans interact with technology and the parallels between how human brains and computers decipher, store, and recall memories. Griga began his project, LIMINALLYYOURS, by searching the Twitter archives of the Library of Congress using keywords that evoke “the process of being forgotten.” From the millions of tweets, the artist selected text that resonated with him, downloading not only the words, but also the geotagged locations of each digital message. Griga then plotted multiple trips across the country, stopping to take photographs in the locations where they were sent. The texts are often ambiguous, extremely personal, and full of melancholy. Griga’s photographs—usually devoid of humans or a clearly identifiable location—focus on the spaces between: the hallways, stairwells, alleyways, deserted places. One of the images, a photograph of a snow-covered, graffitied underpass was the location of the tweet, “When you undress her, I know you’re searching for me #thanksobama.” An empty swimming pool covered in a fresh layer of snow was prompted by the text “FYI I’d swim thru the earth to be next to your bones.” The photograph of a wooded yard and a memorial with a small stone figure, a cross, and bright flowers, came from the text “Somethings aren’t ours to decide. I’ll wait for the laughter to dies down.” The phrases appear as titles of the photographs and remain exactly as they were archived—full of grammatical mistakes and mis-spellings. Together, the text and image present a raw, deeply felt statement about human experience and interaction through social media.
Peiter Griga is a Cincinnati-based artist and a high school photography teacher. He earned his BFA from The University of Cincinnati College of DAAP in 2003 and completed a Masters of Art Education from DAAP in 2007. In 2016, Griga earned his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has written numerous articles regarding visual culture, semiotics, photographic instruction, and image-based media and has exhibited his work across the United States.