Artist Shehab Uddin | Reconnect memories – a family history | 3rd March to 17th April 2021 | Logan Art Gallery
Reconnect Memories: A Family History is a collaborative showcase of migrant family stories. This photo documentary art project explores and shares the family history and migration journey to embrace family connection and depicts family heritage to celebrate multicultural Australia. For this project, I collaborated (2020–2021) with families, now living in the Logan Shire, who came from different continents around the world. We used family portraits from their country of origin as a backdrop in their new family house in Australia to create a current family portrait. In collaboration with family members, we selected images from each family archive to represent the families’ layered memories. In addition, memorable but everyday items that families bought with them in their migration—necklaces, cooking utensils, childhood dresses, childhood shoes, etc—denote their associations with extended families and the country of origin. These archive photographs, everyday objects and family portraits along with participants own written text create a bridge between past, present and future of the family legacies.
I am very thankful to the collaborators: Aldwyn (Alvin) Rostant (migrated from Trinidad and Tobago), Devote Matenqa (migrated from Democratic Republic of the Congo), Franca Fiore (migrated from Italy), Lee Gerrard (migrated from New Zealand), Mohammad Anisur Rahman (migrated from Bangladesh) and Stig Hokanson (migrated from Sweden).
— Shehab Uddin/2021
|Logan Art Gallery
Cnr Wembley Rd & Jacaranda Ave, Logan Central
Shehab Uddin is a Brisbane based visual artist, educator, and documentary photographer. He completed his Doctor of Visual Arts at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2017 and teaches photography at universities and media organisations in Australia, Bangladesh and Nepal. Uddin’s images are held in public collections in Australia and overseas and have been published regularly in major international news magazines including The New York Times and Der Spiegel. The artist has held exhibitions around the world and won numerous grants and awards, including from the
Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, National Geographic and the World Health Organization (WHO). Uddin has conducted numerous community projects in Australia and overseas.