┐ roots & fruits #9 – Miguel Godinho └

© Miguel Godinho, Untitled, from the series Esta é a minha família (This is my family), 2011 © Miguel Godinho, 38 years old (left) + 40 years old (right), from the series 16-06-1950, 2008 © Miguel Godinho, Untitled, from the series Family, 2005 © Miguel Godinho, Untitled (left + right), from the series Entre nós (Amongst us), 2010 Miguel Godinho’s (b. 1984) photography is not easy to describe, not because it is abstract, overly conceptualized or devoided of content, but because it is simple (albeit symbolic) and unpretentious. Miguel’s body of work fluctuates between intimate moments and a sterile portrait … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #9 – Miguel Godinho └

┐ Scott Alario └

© Scott Alario, all Untitled, from the project Our Fable “I’m in the process of building a folk tale for my daughter. It is a paternal inevitability to make up stories for one’s children, and for me, doing so has recently become the passion in my creative practice. There are two photographs I remember from my childhood that play directly into this work. The first is a studio portrait of my father’s mother, made immediately before leaving Italy to immigrate to the United States. We would call the photograph the “gypsy picture” while I was growing up, and in doing … Continue reading ┐ Scott Alario └

┐ Helga Härenstam └

© Helga Härenstam, The Gap, from the series The Society, 2006-2008 © Helga Härenstam, Jesus, from the series The Society, 2006-2008 The Society is a fictious documentary, trough which Helga Härenstam has been looking for and/or constructing environments, scenes and events, that are based on memories from the small society where she grew up. The people photographed in these series are Härenstam herself, her family and other people that she is close to. The series is a puzzle of pictures dealing with the borders between documentary and staged, the real and the unreal and the past and the present. The … Continue reading ┐ Helga Härenstam └

┐ Carla Cabanas └

© Carla Cabanas, Three friends, from the project What remains of what it was, 2010/11 © Carla Cabanas, One Little Girl, from the project What remains of what it was, 2010/11 “What remains of what once was – Cabanas Álbum), the artist invokes memory imprecision through erasing, scratching, and fading away of images belonging to her closest surrounding: family. The photographic processing torn off – accumulating in the bottom of the frame – erases information on spaces, context and characters. Just like we all unwillingly discard our personal history, until what remains is but ashes from times gone by.” by … Continue reading ┐ Carla Cabanas └

┐ Heidi Kirkpatrick └

© Heidi Kirkpatrick,Mother, 2001 © Heidi Kirkpatrick,Mahjong tiles, 2011 “Portland based photographerHeidi Kirkpatrick uses photographs to transform found objects into playful pieces of art. Her images reveal a view of the world experienced by women and she prints them on film positives which she mounts within or on found objectssuch as vintage tins, blocks, boxes, copper plates, dominos and children’s toys. These wonderfully unique pieces can be handled, arranged and adorned on a table rather than hanging on a wall, allowing each object to possess its own unique interactive charm. (…) Kirkpatrick has struggled with a fair amount of physical … Continue reading ┐ Heidi Kirkpatrick └

┐ Amanda Tinker └

© Amanda Tinker, Untitled (Left Foot #1), work in progress, 2011 Palladium Print 8″x10″ © Amanda Tinker, Untitled (Julian with Peonies), work in progress, 2010 Palladium Print 8″x10″ “My latest work, still in progress, explores the intersection between the psychological landscape of family relationships and the body’s physical form, compromised, intact and otherwise. This work deals both specifically with the physical effects of a degenerative nerve disease in my family, and generally with the anxieties, joys and ambiguities of family life. I want to confront my own anxieties over my children potentially developing a debilitating illness, but at the same … Continue reading ┐ Amanda Tinker └

┐ Nigel Grimmer └

© Nigel Grimmer, Julie, Golders Green,, from the series Roadkill Family Album, 2001 © Nigel Grimmer, Eric, Big Bend, from the series Roadkill Family Album, 2010 “Nigel Grimmer takes the conventions of family album snap photography and gives them a weird twist that is at times amusing and at others faintly unnerving. Here the self-conscious poses, the banal compositions, the suburban settings are infiltrated with the kinds of surrealistic incongruities that one might experience in particularly bizarre or embarrassing dreams. His Roadkill Family Album is a collection of prone portraits of family members dolled up in joke shop animal masks … Continue reading ┐ Nigel Grimmer └

┐ Kurt Tong └

© Kurt Tong, Untitled, from the series People’s Park © Kurt Tong, Untitled, from the series People’s Park © Kurt Tong, Untitled, from the series People’s Park “Last year I was helping my mother sort out all the family photographs. Apart from the customary family portraits in front of the same Christmas trees and behind birthday cakes, most of the photos taken of my brother, my sisters and me were during our day trips out at various parks. I have just a few memories of these pictures being taken. However, I still have such vivid memories of all the parks … Continue reading ┐ Kurt Tong └

┐ Tim Roda └

© Tim Roda, Untitled #24, 2004 © Tim Roda, Untitled #138, 2007 “I started using photography, not for the love of the technical aspects of the medium, but because of its properties, both abstract and physical. It is the only medium I can use to best depict my vision of life, art and time. Although the final product is a photograph, the work casually travels within arenas of installation, photography, film and performance. A camera is used to record one moment in time that balances between memories and constructed commentaries, yet is a documentation of “real” events for my wife, … Continue reading ┐ Tim Roda └

┐ Daria Tuminas └

© Daria Tuminas, Untitled, from the series Ivan and the Moon © Daria Tuminas, Untitled, from the series Ivan and the Moon © Daria Tuminas, Untitled, from the series Ivan and the Moon “Ivan is the elder, he is 16. Andrey, nicknamed Moon, is the younger, 14 by now. The two brothers live in a distant village in the northern part of Russia. They are not like regular teenagers, and live in a fairy tale world, yet deeply connected to nature: they go hunting and fishing, can use a joiner’s chisel, play with ghosts at abandoned places, do not want … Continue reading ┐ Daria Tuminas └

┐ Léonie Hampton └

© Léonie Hampton, Untitled, from the series Autonomy, the Cariou Family – France © Léonie Hampton, Untitled, from the series Autonomy, the Cariou Family – France The Cariou family Live an autonomous life in Provence. Faced with the huge cost of property in their area they were fortunate to buy a small olive grove in which they have designed and built their home.
 Their goal is to move as far as possible from the use of non-renewable fuel. They get enough electricity from a 140-watt solar panel to provide them with light and music throughout the year. A pump draws … Continue reading ┐ Léonie Hampton └

┐ Kathleen Robbins └

© Kathleen Robbins, Untitled, from The Hostess Project “In an effort to further inhabit my grandmother’s memories as a young wife, I began an autobiographical, photographic record of my experiences with her recipe journal. This ongoing project is as much a social experiment as a nostalgic experience. I dress in her clothing, prepare meals based on her hand-written recipes, serve invited guests, and perform the role of hostess. I prepare dishes based on her hand-written instruction: her recipes. Aspics, croquettes, meatloaf with pickle and egg garnish . . . And I photograph the results. In all of my work, I … Continue reading ┐ Kathleen Robbins └

║ Erik Osberg ║

© Erik Osberg, Erik and Carl, 1988, from the series Layla, Ryan, Erik, and Carl, 2007 © Erik Osberg, from the series Layla, Ryan, Erik, and Carl “I think photography and writing are very similar, in so far as their various forms and traditions are simultaneously concrete and elastic. There are people who make genre-based work: romance, sci-fi, biography, portrait, landscape, journalism, etc. And there is an audience of people who expect these genres, as well (imagine yourself working in a used bookstore being barked at about the whereabouts of How the Scots Invented the Modern World, or going to … Continue reading ║ Erik Osberg ║

║ Sarah Mei Herman ║

© Sarah Mei Herman, Julian and Jonathan, from the series Jonathan and Julian, 2007 © Sarah Mei Herman, Julian and Jonathan, from the series Jonathan and Julian, 2009 “I am fascinated by relationships between people: The physical closeness or distance between them, and the importance of this physical proximity to others. I mainly focus on family intimacy, with a special interest in sibling relationships.My younger half-brother Jonathan is an important subject in my work: a nine-year-old boy who has the ability to completely withdraw into his inner world. Throughout the last few years I have been photographing Jonathan alone or … Continue reading ║ Sarah Mei Herman ║

║ Augusta Wood ║

© Augusta Wood, Sesame Street, from the series I have only what I remember , 1980/ 2008 © Augusta Wood, Planting Geraniums, from the series I have only what I remember , 1987/ 2008 “Augusta Wood explores the persistence of memory, and the ways in which imagery and text can interact to shape meaning of experience. (…) Her latest series I have only what I remember (2009) investigates further the ways photography can elicit meaning from the personal archive that is memory. Revisiting the center of her early life, Wood projects into the empty rooms of her grandparents’ former home … Continue reading ║ Augusta Wood ║

║ Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons ║

© Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Backyard dreams #5, 2005 © Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Replenishing, 2003 “Magdalena Campos-Pons works with themes of identity (female and racial), familial ties, and the friction of having a home in Cuba and a home in the United States. Compos-Pons works with 20 x 24 Polaroids that create brilliant in color. She works with costumes to address her thoughts on identity. She often places herself in her photographs with an altered identity. She weaves extravagant hair extensions, constructing nests or tentacle-like braids that twist and entangle the artist, while other objects are in her nest of hair.” … Continue reading ║ Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons ║

║ Kent Klich ║

© Kent Klich, Untitled, from the series Picture Imperfect © Kent Klich, Untitled, from the series Picture Imperfect © Kent Klich, Untitled, from the series Picture Imperfect “In family albums we often see parents and children, brothers and sisters, husbands and wifes, aspiring to look their best in the photographs. They will often respond to the camera by posing together, forcing glazed smiles while affirming the family bond. Looking at the lens for approval they may inuit that someone – perhaps even themselves- will return the gaze decades later, searching the image for its hidden meanings. Framed in ways they … Continue reading ║ Kent Klich ║