Artists selections: October 24, 2022
Annahita Brooks Switzerland Photography

Artwork title : I Hate My Dad

My work investigates my Iranian and Polish heritage through lens-based media, installation art and site-specific research. In the former I am using photography to locate my biological father. In the latter, investigating how my family’s involvement in political underground movements against the German and Russian occupations lead to their eventual withdrawal from society. During a site-specific research trip to Legnica in Poland, I was documenting an abandoned military town, built during the Russian occupation which my Great Uncle used to smuggle food out of, and photographed the graffiti “I Hate My Dad”. I thought to myself “same”. So, I collaged it with the only image I could find of my biological father in my grandmother’s albums in Legnica, layering the two narratives of my heritage.