The solar familiar : fact and fiction in photography and visual anthropology
Williams, Marcus; Jowsey, Susan
Citation:Williams, M., & Jowsey, S. (2007). The solar familiar : fact and fiction in photography and visual anthropology. International Journal of the Arts in Society, 2(1), 205-214.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/1801
‘Solar Familiar’ takes the form of a ‘documentary’ project, which investigates the psychological, and physical difficulties of a family displaced from Earth who find themselves inhabitants in the unfamiliar; a family on the extremes of an increasingly displaced population; both historically and culturally. This is a family alienated from the memorized ... rootless, they flounder to resurrect cultural experience, however, without cultural boundaries to define their world the gulf that separates them from their own personal histories and their shared history, has created in them an incomprehension they struggle relentlessly to overcome as if one sense has failed and the other four cannot attune to the loss. The artistic process is collaborative; parents and children from an actual family produce documentation and recreation of an imagined experience, constituting an ethnographic inventory, which in turn forms the basis of a documentary film. The interweaving of the documentary idiom, associated with objectivity and veracity, with fantasy and the conceived space of art raises questions about the mediated nature of the cultural construct; family.
Keywords:cross disciplinary art, families, collaboration, visual anthropology, staged photography
ANZSRC Field of Research:190101 Art Criticism
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