Sobers’ presentation discusses different ways the notion of family has entered his work: from the macro perspective of identity through diaspora communities through to very personal reflections relating to immediate family members and events. Showing examples from a range of genres – photography, moving image, illustration and multimedia works – he re-evaluates how the notion of family has been both a central direct concern and an indirect metaphor as well as a creative vehicle for ideas.
In Sobers’ work, the idea of family has taken on political dimensions and also for personal self-healing. This presentation is a candid auto-ethnographic discussion of these key moments in his practice, and what he has learned along the way.
Sobers, S. (2014, December). Familiar ways: Vulnerable auto-ethnography in creative practice. Paper presented at Family Matters, Bristol, UK