Diana Velasco

Family Album II (2018)


In the series Family Album II, I use old family photos to imagine who I would have been if I had been born and lived in Spain instead of in Denmark. I amalgamate two original photos from my family album and thus reconstruct my family history. By using the family album as a genre, the work of art is given a touch of authenticity. The authenticity is a made up one, most of the pictures were taken in 1972 – two years before I was born.

In several of the constructed photographs I am seen side by side with my mother or father when they were my age. The series weaves together snapshots from the past and the present, special celebrations and everyday life, and the constructed photographs thus shakes up the notion of memory and reality as a steady and unchangeable thing.

The Danish author Dy Plambeck contributes to Family Album II with a text inspired by the series. Family

Album consists of 12 photos and text and has been exhibited at museums in Copenhagen, Chicago, Seattle, Iowa and Washington DC and soon to come Lisbon.


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Family Album II, 2018. 20x20cm. #4

Diana Velasco is a Danish-Spanish Fine Arts Photographer born in 1974. Velasco investigates the areas of identity, cultural memories, and sense of place – all very much related to her background in Anthropology, which she studied at the University of Washington. Velasco was nominated for Lensculture Emerging Talent Award 2017, in 2019 she was invited guest artist at Corner’s exhibition at Sophienholm, in 2021 she is going to exhibit at ARoS Museum and from 2019 her work has been a part of the collection of the National Museum of Photography in Denmark.

Velasco has exhibited solo at The Danish Immigrant Museum, West Chicago City Museum (US), Danish America Museum (US), Nordic Heritage Museum (US), and at Hans Alf Gallery. Furthermore, Velasco has participated in group shows at Charlottenborg, Den Frie Center for Contemporary Art, Overgaden, Brandts,

Sophienholm, ARoS, Aarhus Art Museum, NW Gallery, Radar Contemporary’s online exhibition and Huset i Asnæs, and abroad at Landskrona Photofestival (SE), Reclaim Photography Festival (UK) and soon to come, invited to the Imago Lisboa (PT) among other venues in San Fransisco, Tokyo, Melbourne, Buenos Aires.

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