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Gold 2021 Fine Art / Collage

The Persistence of Family

  • Prize
    Gold in Fine Art / Collage
  • Photographer
    Diana Cheren Nygren

By compositing together old and new family photographs, this series enables generations to reach each other across time. Driven by personal longing, the images make real those things I hold dear. But in doing that, they address universal experience, interrogating the way in which family relationships and history play a role in shaping our sense of ourselves and our place in the world. They suggest that the present, in each of us, contains both the past and the future. This series portrays the layered process of becoming, and the complex interweaving of time, place, and identity.