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PASSING ON MEMORIES
Family Photograph Albums from the Museum of Applied Art Collections

May 17 – June 17, 2008


BOARD IV

Being given the task of visually representing a family tree in the best light, family album was formed following the same principles as the collection it was part of. Individual photographs were most carefully chosen and placed within an album according to set order, thus making a visual story, a graphic novel with the aim to form an ideal picture of a tradition-bound family, which will be presented to the public. A family album was a visual mediator which articulated both the family relations and class relations of 19th century bourgeois society.

The structure of photograph albums in the 19th century, consisting in the first place of portraits of the family members – father, mother and children and then of portraits of relatives and friends, was from the beginning focused on building identity of a modern family as the core of civic society. This whole came to be one of the most persistent forms of preserving family memories connecting different generations by common memories and shaping their collective, family identity.

 


Authorof the exhibition: Jelena Perać, curator in The Department for Photography and Applied Graphics