When Elizabeth Siegfried stumbled upon a forgotten box of 16mm film at her family's beloved summer home near Algonquin Park, she knew she had discovered something truly special. The films, shot by her family between 1922 and 1945, primarily at the cottage, were in remarkably sound condition. She transferred them to digital video, downloaded them to her computer and created Termina, a photographic installation that
tells the story of her diminishing family tree and contemplates the ending of one branch of Siegfried's family lineage: her own.
Termina consists of four grids devoted to the leading women of each generation in Siegfried's family. The first three grids of historical imagery present her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother actively posing for the camera and caught candidly in sociable situations with family and friends at their summer home. The fourth grid consists of images of the artist taken between 1987 and 1992 and includes three recent self-portraits.
Termina addresses a reality that resonates with many people today. It asks questions and provokes dialogue about the choice to bear and raise children, the future of family in both personal and universal contexts and the emotional implications of these realities.
The Art Space (Huntsville, Ontario)
July 6 - July 29 , 2012
For more information: www.huntsvilleartsociety.ca/exhibition-calendar.html
Elizabeth Siegfried Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=6