Familientreffen 2009: Portraits of Czech-German and Sierra Leoneon 'Fambul' Finding Common Roots
by Berette Macaulay
This work is a personal study in multiculturalism - its historical roots and its modern ties. Berette Macaulay developed it while on a recent Czech-German/West African family reunion in Beskyden, Czech Republic; and Ebenstein, on the Austrian/German border in the Summer of 2009.
This book features a collection of non-traditional fine art black & white portraiture of all participating family members who took this journey. The full Neue Rootz project however is also comprised of acquired photo archives and family documents showing an intercultural family history dating back to the 18th century; as well as a documentary film of the reunion. Selections from this book were exhibited in the National Gallery of Jamaica Bienniale 2010/2011, and at the Camera Club of New York where they were jury awarded 2nd Place in a US National Photography Competition in 2012. This work is currently on view at Hewitt Gallery/MMC in New York.