3 photographs, laminated and framed
size: each 81,5 cm x 125 cm
edition: 3+1
Ankauf Bund 2011

What happens to a person's identity in a portrait when the image is more or less reduced to its background, to the subject's everyday setting? What stories do these backgrounds tell? On show are three photographs of 3 veiled people in their own domestic surroundings. The camera focuses on the subject of the portrait, as befits a stereotypical genre photograph. Clearly visible are the veil over the person, the sheet covering them, their feet and their posture, which are the only indications of individuality. The people in the portraits are child-sized. The visible background mutates to become the only legible signifier.
The Family set  is like a field study aimed at looking at family structures and social backgrounds in a context of the mutual relationship between two spaces, the socio-economic conditions and those of the lifestyle — the latter being indebted to Weber's rethinking as positioned between the orders of stratification based on class and those based on status.* The family aims quite literally to relate the products and producers of culture to the social conditions of production (their parents) and to make structures visible in this context.
 * See the introdution to: Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, Routledge, Oxon. 1984.