Family Ties

2 Jul 2024 – 29 Jul 2024

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08:30 – 18:00
08:30 – 18:00
08:30 – 18:00
08:30 – 18:00
08:30 – 18:00
08:30 – 18:00
08:30 – 18:00

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'Family Ties' features thirteen artists who address compelling questions around how photography can both shape and reveal our distinctive perspectives on the subjects of memory, family, migration and temporality.


Family Ties is organised with the support of St. Margaret's House and features Petya AbrahamGiulia BallarinMina BoromandAlba de la CruzAnia DąbrowskaCristina FilimonNina IjomoneKasia KowalskaTherry MaltauroHeather McDonoughAngela MorenoDilyana Tankova, and Fiona Yaron-Field.

‘We are made of pieces of the past, and the future is made of pieces of us.’ - Angela Moreno, Renegotiating identity through the family album, 2022

Photography is a medium that has given us a unique insight into the human experience. As over five billion photographs are taken every day - of which almost 95 percent with smartphones - it has enabled us to record our lives and the lives of our families in everincreasing volumes.* Yet, photography is not a passive medium and has the capacity to shape and alter the way we experience the world, how we relate to others, and how we see ourselves.

How does photography shape our memories and experience?

Can a photographic image reinforce or reshape familial ties?

What do our photographs reveal about how we interact with our loved ones?

Does the experience of migration alter our relationship with family photographs?

Can a photograph stand in for a memory?

Considering these and many other questions, the artists in this exhibition offer their contemporary response and make evident why the family photographic archive remains a central subject in photography and invite us to delve deeper into the connections between the photographic image, temporality, migration and memory.

All the exhibiting artists are associated with London Metropolitan University’s Photography degree course, be it as students, alumnae or tutors, and thus belong to its unique photographic community.

‘Portraiture and especially the subject of the family photograph have fascinated artists and writers since the invention of photography. Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, John Berger, Geoff Dyer have all written about it and most photographic artists have pursued it at some point in their career. How we record our family life and experience using the medium of photography - and how we respond to it - are profoundly complex subjects,’ says the curator, Kasia Kowalska.

Family Ties is curated by Kasia Kowalska, a Polish-born photographic artist living and working in London. She is a British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain winner and Association of Photographers Student Awards winner. She graduated in BA Photography from London Metropolitan University. She is the curator of Underground Portraits by Wolfgang Strassl at Photobook Café.

* Source: Photutorial.com

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Kasia Kowalska

Kasia Kowalska

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Petya Abraham

Fiona Yaron-Field

Dilyana Tankova

Angela Moreno

Heather McDonough

Therry Maltauro

Kasia Kowalska

Kasia Kowalska

Nina Ijomone

Cristina Filimon

Ania Dąbrowska

Alba de la Cruz

Mina Boromand

Giulia Ballarin

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