Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
I grew up in rural Midwest America listening to my father and grandmother tell stories about their experience as post-World War II displaced persons.Their stories, often recalled from traumatic memory, were passed down to me decades after the original events took place, and their experience felt deeply disconnected from my own life and impossible to fully comprehend or resolve. As these stories evolved over time, I began to understand the creative processes that influence memory and shape familial history. My work explores the tensions that exist between lived experience and generational distance, often through themes of post memory, diaspora, and displacement via generative mechanisms that require substantial time to unfold, just as the experiences and stories of displaced people continue to slowly reveal deeper context to our lives. Josh Gumiela is a sound artist and Assistant Professor of Digital Media Arts at Hamline University. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.