Identity – Home 2013-2017

Fine Art on Dibond 30 cm x 45 cm

Identity is used as a term "for the characterization of persons".

The focus is on "which characteristics in the self-understanding of individuals or groups are considered essential. "(Wikipedia)

Home is the "land or the place where one was born and raised

or feels at home through permanent residence. "(Duden)

August Sander showed with “The people of the 20th century” 

a "cross section through the present time and our German people".

The work "Identity - Heimat" aims to depict a cross section of the inhabitants of North Rhine-Westphalia.

A snapshot of the people who currently live here.

All contributors do not live in their homeland -

due to distress, existential constraints or because of professional and family situations.

My request to each person was to bring five personal items on the topic of "Identity - Home".

I did not make any specifications.

I show internationality as something familiar,

and that the relationship with the home unites us all.

 © JOANNA VORTMANN 2019 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED