Vella Family Portrait

The many layers of family

Before photography, portraits were paintings, sculptures or drawings. The contemporary recording of our appearance goes elsewhere and is not interested in mere media. A portrait is more than just a recorded document. This is a first collective family portrait which invites us to delve deeper in the definition of portraiture and family ties.

Following the exhibition Wiċċ Imb Wiċċ held in April 2021, a dear friend came around requesting a family portrait that would imitate the style. The portrait features the husband, wife, daughter, grandmother, grandfather and dog. It reflects upon, story-tells and uncovers the terminology of family by giving an ephemeral form to all the intergenerational and interracial facets that make up that which we call family.

Series Portraits
Size 80 × 60 cm
Medium Digital print on canvas
Collection Private Collection