Family Albums may serve to show us the past; however, it seems that it is more about today than it is about yesterday. It is an object of performance; it discloses traces of our most presentable moments to be shared and displayed. Focusing the domestic in relation to patriarchal capitalism offers an opportunity to understand the family album; the interventions point to the potential loss of self in terms of female identity within domestic space. Women’s efforts to ignore their domestic labour through their photographic representations demonstrates women’s efforts not to be associated as a housewife, which according to Silvia Federici is the most powerless position in a capitalist society (1975). The family album can function as a point of access when considering women’s labour as it is used as a tool for meaning making – one in which women express agency, claim their voice and declare the complexity of humanity in respect to patriarchy.
About the Artist
Catarina Leone creates mixed media artworks – photography, film, performance and montage. With a conceptual approach, she works with several interdisciplinary subject matters including the representation of women, found photography, popular culture and mass media. Catarina depicts these through photographic interventions; repetition of acts and bodily gestures to constitute the illusion of an abiding gendered self. Her works directly respond to her surrounding environment and she uses her everyday experiences as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context.
Printed in 2017
20 x 25.5 cm
Edition of 5
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