Fanmi

  • Dates
    2017 - Ongoing
  • Author
  • Topics Archive, Fine Art
  • Locations Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Elmont, Port-au-Prince

An ongoing project that uses the process of digitally altering family photographs as a form of visual storytelling to re-contextualize familial history and traditional family dynamics.

After the untimely passing of my mother and two aunts, the family dynamic within my household shifted drastically; a cousin then became a mother, another a sister. In recent years, I began to wonder about how this shift in our lives relates to our familial history, how we grieved and continue to grieve. How do we reshape and redefine the meaning of family after great loss?

Fanmi is a project centered around contextualizing one’s familial history through verbal stories, appropriated family photos, artifacts, and personal writings. I use appropriated images from old family albums that are reworked with digital alterations to provide a sort of visual storytelling based on old family stories that add a new perspective and context to the images. Like “Untitled #4 (happy place)”, a photograph that seemed so joyous and fun with its kitschy aura is brought down to the reality of “that was a very hard time.” Or “Untitled #1 (kouche soley)” showing two silhouettes filled with a golden sunset, their hands still visible, showing that while gone they’re not forgotten. I want to take these moments of the past and bring them to the present, elaborating on our ever changing family history. 

We’ve lost people that meant so much to us, but we managed to come together and make something beautiful.

© Gerardine Aldamar - part of the sky
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part of the sky

© Gerardine Aldamar - patterned memory
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patterned memory

© Gerardine Aldamar - mwen manman my mother
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mwen manman my mother

© Gerardine Aldamar - untitled #1 (kouche soley)
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untitled #1 (kouche soley)

© Gerardine Aldamar - untitled #4 (happy place)
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untitled #4 (happy place)

© Gerardine Aldamar - Dore
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Dore

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