Familyhood is a multimedia project about the diversity of modern families. It aims to increase visibility and acceptance for underrepresented groups by exploring the ways in which people build relationships on their own terms, without the blueprints offered by mainstream society.

The project is based on a series of color photographs made on large format film in a way reminiscent of traditional portraiture. The calm and stability of the images are juxtaposed with audio and video on topics relating to identity and parenting, examining the complexity of non-normative family building. 

I grew up with a lesbian mother in ‘90s Stockholm, Sweden. People’s lack of knowledge brought strangely intimate questions from both peers and adults—often benign, curious, yet disruptive for an adolescent coming of age. From this experience came a desire to explore the intersect of traditional structures and modern identities. 

Visibility and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community have increased over the past several decades, but public discourse about TGNC people is limited and often stereotyped. Familyhood will pay special attention to this group as it expands and diversifies the visual pool from which we see and understand domestic life.

If you are interested in participating or know someone who would, contact me on the details below. We will start with a portrait session, which takes about 1-2 hours. We will discuss participation in the audio or video components after this. All participants will receive a fine-art print of their portrait.

Eric Cederlund
(516) 244-7009

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