My personal vision project, Hereditary, explores how my family history and heritage has shaped who I am and how I see the world. This project is inspired by my Jewish ancestors who immigrated to New York City from Latvia, Poland, and Austria while fleeing rising antisemitism in Europe prior to World War II.
I was influenced by artist Anthoula Lelekidis, who utilizes archival images to connect with her ancestors through a therapeutic artistic process. The subjects of my project include myself and my immediate family members juxtaposed against, influenced by, and reimagined as the images from archival family photos spanning more than 100 years.
By revisiting the sites where these photos were originally taken, these reconstructions illustrate a journey through intergenerational narratives, with the intention of creating new value for and insight into these personal inherited histories. This project also challenges me to revisit and reimagine our initial ICP Teen Academy Imagemakers self-portrait assignment. By combining fragments of my own photographs together with family photographs, reassembling and reworking them, I construct new images that bridge the gap between time periods.
Chloe Luterman (she/they) is an artist and photographer from New York City. She is influenced by her experiences growing up among the city’s diverse, multicultural communities, and her belief that images should reflect our collective narrative. Chloe’s work has won 26 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards including a National Gold Medal and the Congressional Art Award. Chloe’s work has been displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Chloe will pursue her BFA in Photography at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts beginning Fall 2023.