The narrative is expressed through a multi-part installation, leveraging the capabilities of different media to develop a fuller sensory and emotional experience. This allows the viewer to experience my story through three different perspectives:
The “grid” (photography) develops the themes of ethnic transformation, and convergence with migration as an agent of change using family photographs combined with images of dinner plates, global migration patterns and references to place.
The vignette “Ein Bummel durch Sonneberg (how I learnt to Make Sonneberger Dumplings)” is a narrative about my relationship to culture through food. It uses dumplings as a cultural marker, making parallels between the diversity of dumplings and the diversity of the family.
The video “dinner” presents a performance of my extended family eating an elaborate cross-cultural meal. This work is projected onto a dinner table encouraging the viewer to participate in the connection of diverse cultures through the familiar act of eating and socializing.
The work was shown at the Ryerson Artspace during for the month of June 2018 as part of the 10th Anniversary DocNow Documentary Film Festival (DocNow Trailer). These videos document the installation and opening and a walkthrough of the gallery.