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Sara Davidmann is a visual artist/photographer.

Her photography encompasses the personal and the social/political, highlighting and questioning the relationship between the individual and society.

Since 1999 she has taken photographs in collaboration with people from London’s ‘queer’ and transgender communities. These photographs record a dynamic period of time in the changing social history of gender, sex and sexuality. By presenting the personal stories of a largely hidden social group, this work offers an important counteraction to mass media representations/misrepresentations of the people at the heart of these communities. Queer and transgender relationships, childbirth and families are a part of this work.

– http://saradavidmann.com/about.html

In the interview between Jonathan and Sara, Sara talks about how a lot of her work involves her collaborating with her subjects and how important and vital it is to her. She explains how she doesn’t want her subjects to not like or agree on what is being put out into the media with her work especially because it is  sensitive subject matter that she is photographing. Sara works with transgender subjects and the ‘queer’ community.

As well as this  Sara worked on a project a bit different to used to which didn’t allow her to collaborate with her subjects, “My Mother’s Notebooks” as the subject had already passed away. This project makes you engage with it as you feel a part of the notebooks, they seem very fragile and as if you have to be careful with them although they are only photographs.

For over 70 years my mother recorded in notebooks almost everything that took place in her life.

These photographs, taken in the rooms in which the notebooks were found, tell the story of my parent’s marriage and my mother’s attempts to come to terms with repercussions from my father’s childhood. My father is Jewish and, growing up in Berlin, he experienced the Nazi’s treatment of the Jews. Just before the outbreak of World War 2 he was evacuated on the Kindertransport. These photographs show, through my mother’s writings, how she came to understand that my father’s experiences in Nazi Berlin led to his mental health deteriorating, and how she struggled to keep the family together.

In Davidmann’s latest project “Ken: To Be Destroyed” she looks into family archives. She going into her family secrete of her Uncle who had passed away who was transgender. This family secrete was no portrayed in her family albums. This makes you think family albums only show you the ‘happy’ times of the family  and not what you dont want to know/are ashamed of.

Nobody takes a photograph of something they want to forget.

As like Davidmann I will be looking into family archives for my #phonar module looking into my granddads time in the Portuguese arm serving away in Angola fighting in the Portuguese colonial war.

 

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