JP Terlizzi, Descendants – Portfolio Competition Winner​

Exhibition Dates: April 4 – 28, 2018

As I witness an earlier generation of family members pass, it has become important to somehow preserve my past. Not having my own family photos, I used a cousin’s photographic archive.

Through this work I have become interested in the origins of personal identity as it relates to my Italian lineage and its sartorial ancestry. I am curious about how the bloodline represents the passage of time. Utilizing a digital composite photograph of the old and the new, I incorporate my own blood specimens onto slides, stitching them on the image to create new family portraits that connects my identity with the past while preserving the present.