Family keepsakes and photographs strengthen the bonds between family members, fortifying the idea of the family unit by promoting a sense of belonging and recognition. Being the only tangible evidence of people, places and situations that are long gone or forgotten, they get their weight and significant cultural importance from their integration into the core rites of everyday living and create a physical link between the past and the present, even if the connection only exists in the realms of imagination.
Inspired by the family album, this work consists of a series of self-portrait collages that incorporate personal mementoes. The project focuses on the significance of artefacts and images in constructing "familial identity" by using photography as a lens to examine the link between past and present. Additionally, it examines how our current life choices are influenced by behaviours and societal standards that were learned through looking at images.