Patchwork (2017)
Patchwork (2017)

 

Nowadays more marriages are not holding together untill the end, which means that more parents and children are growing up together within a new family construction, we call the Patchwork family. Being constantly confronted with a family history where she was not part of, Gjaltema is trying to find her way within her new family in Germany since 2012 as a stepmother. Becoming a mother herself in 2013 changed again her relationship with her stepdaughters and husband and a new family history is being written parallel to the original family history.

For her collages, about the continuing underlying tensions within such a family and shifting identities, she made use of the polaroid pictures she made of her family members and their surroudings since the beginning they started to form a family. She cut out the figures which leaves a frame, where she combines the frames into new portraits, just like the identities within a patchwork family are continously shifting and changing. The abstract forms, expressive colors and cutting marks of the paper, accentuate how different views come together and try to exist as a new strong object.

The Series was officially nominated for the Photogrvphy Grant 2017 and nominated for the Hellerau Photography Award 2018

exhibition view 'Patchwork', Hellerau Photography Awards, European centre of arts Dresden
exhibition view 'Patchwork', Hellerau Photography Awards, European centre of arts Dresden
exhibition view 'Patchwork', Hellerau Photography Awards, European centre of arts Dresden
exhibition view 'Patchwork', Hellerau Photography Awards, European centre of arts Dresden
exhibition view 'Patchwork', Hellerau Photography Awards, European centre of arts Dresden
exhibition view 'Patchwork', Hellerau Photography Awards, European centre of arts Dresden
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
'Untitled', Patchwork, 60 x 80 cm, 5 + 2 AP, 2017
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