In her work Eva Gjaltema is interested in researching the relationship between photography, history and personal and collective memory. She works with time on different levels, using her own memories and interpretations of the visible world and combines them with the general history.
She examines what the past means for our present and what the present can reveal about our past. Also she is interested in hidden power structures that exist within families, relationships and society. Within her projects she is researching ways of representing the inner personal process within the general subject and giving it a universal character that resonates in the viewer.
In her series ‘Family Trees’ Gjaltema tries to capture in an impressionistic way the underexposed subject of ‘stepmotherhood’. Her ‘new’ family consists of 5 people: 2 daughters, 1 boyfriend or ex-husband, 1 girlfriend and 1 ex-wife. By observing a group of trees in Schmargendorf and photographing them at different times, she wants to capture the ever changing emotions involved within a patchwork family.
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