Anne
Portrait series from Ons Erfgoed/My Heritage, medium format film photography, 2016
Tonnie
Portrait series from Ons Erfgoed/My Heritage, medium format film photography, 2016
Henk
Portrait series from Ons Erfgoed/My Heritage, medium format film photography, 2016
Henk and Anna
Portrait series from Ons Erfgoed/My Heritage, medium format film photography, 2016
Wilma
Portrait series from Ons Erfgoed/My Heritage, medium format film photography, 2016

 


This series explores the homes and lives of three different generations of a migrant Dutch family – the initial immigrants themselves, the first generation New Zealanders, and the second generation New Zealanders.

It is an investigation of the Dutch cultural assimilation within New Zealand, but also highlights the desire within different generations to reconnect with their “Dutchness”. Each household is photographed under an anthropological gaze, focusing on the common patterns and rituals that emerge in the way people go about their everyday life. The photographs have been taken in the subjects’ own homes. This approach comes from the belief that the environment a person lives in shapes their character and values, and the type of things they fill their homes with can reveal important things about them.


 

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