Denk Ich an Sonneberg (Remembering Sonneberg) combines photography and video in an installation revealing the artist’s family history and its transformation over four generations. It delves into the shifts of family identity, starting from mono-cultural roots in the late 19th century Germany to a North American household of diverse ethnic backgrounds. This personal chronicle of cultural change employs our collective relationship to food as both common denominator and cultural indicator as a way of shaping our individual and communal identities.
Denk Ich an Sonneberg makes visible the permissions granted by a new culture. It enables the viewer to witness the long-term impact of migration on identity, individuals and society. The work allows us the opportunity to consider the role of photography: in recording and portraying memory; the truth of photographs and their observational role; and the nature and agenda of portraiture.