Conceptual - NOMINEE: Zuzana Pustaiova
Faces of Family
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What is a family?
A family is a small social group made out of individuals, and also an environment which we are most bound to, and which influences us a great deal. A family can encompass various forms, faces, emotions, and moods.
Looking at my family, I find and examine many layers which create one whole picture of my close relatives. Each look I take shows me different faces in different moods, and encourages to venture into yet undiscovered areas.
Some of the photographic lines in the series uncover the relationships between my family members, which are natural for every human. They show ordinary, everyday family life, but I also capture the coldness, which can occur between my relatives and me. The way in which the portrayed subject perceives their relationship towards me can be seen in the emotion of the sequential portraits. As years go by, our relationships and memories are transformed similarly to how the structure of the family changes. Some memories are just a fragment of what remains, as a kind of reference to things which can illustrate our relationships, others are a glimpse of a moment, and there are some which to this day look like tableaux.
The faces of family change according to which angle we are observing them from. From each side it seems different, and yet it is just one. Family.