My name is Chelsea Elizabeth Kereszi and I am 17 years old. I live in Chichester, Pennsylvania and am the youngest girl of 7 siblings in my family. The thing that inspires me most to move forward in life is peace of mind and happiness. My biggest hope is to become successful and end all of the struggles. It is not too late to move on and make the best of every situation I face in life.
In 2008 I began recording my life as I searched for the memory of my father who committed suicide when I was 5 years old. In these video diaries, home movies, and conversations with family members, I try to make sense of the pain and struggles of my family after Dad’s death. In the very personal conversations that I have with my family, I try to get inside the minds of 5 out of my 7 siblings and my mother. It was challenging getting them to express their true feelings and fears. They wouldn’t just open up to anybody, but with me they feel safe and secure. In the video I also attempt to capture the best moments of my everyday life, but sometimes we can’t predict what is going to happen. I have no home movies from when I was growing up, so these movies are a way for me to make memories and record my family history. I will continue working on the video “Daddyless” as a participant in the Sanctuary Youth Media Program in Troy, New York this summer.
On April 29th 2010, my installation “Daddyless” (trailer can be found at www.nainchle.blip.tv) screened with David Miller’s film “My Suicide” (www.mysuicide.net) at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. I thought the movie was extremely touching. I felt that it hit every emotion of an average teenager who is going through hard obstacles in their life. I have recently lost two of my teenaged friends to suicide that I memorialize in this installation as well.
RIP Dane Carter & Shajuan Franklin
Below is a video I made about my installation. Thanks for watching…