March 2 – April 16, 2023
My parents, older sister and I immigrated to the US when I was an infant. Growing up far away from extended family, I missed what I imagined to be the grounding force of aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents around me.
My parents rarely spoke of their lives in Belgium in the 1940s – 1960s. Eventually I showed my mother a family portrait from her childhood, and asked, “What do you see?” She began to tell me an inter-generational story of feuds over money, alcoholism, infidelity, child abandonment, jealousy, and domestic abuse. This ongoing multimedia series is my interpretation of fragments of family history, primarily as experienced by girls and women.
About Anne Piessens
Anne Piessens is a Boston-based fine art photographer whose work reimagines family history and our relationship with the natural world.
Her current series, Origin Stories, brings elements of magical realism into hand-collaged fragments of family portraits. Past projects include Meliorations, which imagines ways to heal damaged landscapes, and In the Middle of Something, a portrait series about the tween years.