GENEVIEVE DAVID

Family Portrait, digital print, 34 x 68 inches, 2020

Family Portrait (detail), digital print, 20 x 30 inches, 2020

Family Portrait (detail), digital print, 20 x 30 inches, 2020

Family Portrait (detail), digital print, 20 x 30 inches, 2020

Artist Statement
Going through family photo albums can be a profound experience, providing a deeper understanding of self and ancestral origins. However, this phenomenon is untrue for me, as I do not look like my adoptive family. This disconnect I feel when looking at old family photographs is heightened by the history of western portraiture, as it was dominated by white people of power and privilege. I responded to, and interacted with, portraits of my ancestors to address this tension and challenge these exclusive associations. I had a close relationship with one subject in these family portraits, my grandmother, and was even named after another, yet when I look at these photographs I feel unusually distant.


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