Family (Self)Portrait

Family (Self)Portrait is a collage obtained by breaking down and reassembling 32 pieces of body belonging to six different women (5 women from the author’s family + the artist’s body). The condensation of six different people into a single body synthesises the female physical peculiarities that recur in the family unit. The idea of creating a collective body corresponds to the idea of an imaginary body. It’s something that on a real level can never exist in the form proposed; nevertheless occurs in family and kinship ties when the daughter resembles her mother, the mother resembles her grandmother, the aunt resembles her niece. The sharing of the body becomes the sharing of the root of belonging and gender identity. The surface of the digital photograph was the basis on which the individual parts of the body puzzle were isolated. Then, the pieces were reassembled using the traditional collage technique and enclosed in another final photograph.