‘Family Narratives of Being German in Yorkshire’ is a large format, digital illustration based on documents, objects, and conversations with German expatriates and descendants of Germans living in Yorkshire. The artwork was produced as part of a larger project, ‘In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time‘, funded by the WWI Public Engagement Centre for Hidden Histories, and explores the changes experienced by German nationals and their descendants over the last century.
Themes explored in the illustration include nationality, marriage, children, cultural heritage, work, education, and alienation. Through these themes, the artwork investigates what it means to be an EU national living in post-referendum UK, and continues my interest in the ways that personal objects and images represent elements of place. The artwork was first displayed at the Pleasure, Privilege, Privations exhibition and book launch at Wakefield One on 28th April 2018.
The artwork is also featured in an Art Council England report into partnership research between Higher Education and Public Libraries.