Updating A Family Album
Here they are, to start with, in black and white, staring rather self-consciously into the camera. My Mother not yet in her teens but already sporting a chador with her little cousin in a frilly dress. Great aunt and great uncle, both known for their impish pranks, standing hand in hand and looking as though butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths. My three paternal aunts, dressed in their sunday best and very proud of their stylish hairdos. Granfather and friends seated around a table against a panoramic backdrop. The two young physicians ( my father and his brother) just back from Europe and on their way to play tennis. And lastly, my parents-to-be forming a glamorous couple on their wedding day.
I have used computer technology as a kind of time machine to update my family album, to lend it more color and life, to renovate and revive it.
By the use of anachronisms such as collaging modern stamps on the clothes of some of my ancestors, and by inventing backgrounds that are obviously out of context with them, my aim was to see them in a new light and to transplant them into a different time, a different place.