In my work ‘Remembering the Unknown’ I explore the passing of collective memories using my own family’s history. Through stories and anecdotes passed from one generation to the next a ‘Family Memory’ is built and people form memories of unknown family members.

For this project, I use information about people and places from my maternal grandparents’ genealogical research. The first level of the investigation are my own photographs of places that are connected to my ancestors. The second level is archive material – photographs of everyday situations and portraits. This collection does not give away further information about the personalities of the people. Therefore, the pictures can become surrogates for any family story. The third level are portraits of my ancestors and self-portraits, in which I emulate these pictures. This gives me the chance of becoming an active part in my exploration. By doing so, I create my own ‘Family Memory’. (Anne Braune)

Anne Braune was born in 1992 in Germany. In 2012 she started her Bachelor Studies in Photography and Media at FH Bielefeld / University of Applied Sciences. During that time, she developed an interest in telling stories of social phenomena in a conceptual way. In 2017, Anne changed to FH Dortmund / University of Applied Sciences and Arts to do the Master in Photographic Studies. Anne now works as a freelance photographer and took part in several solo and group exhibitions.

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