Eszter Biro

Visual artist and researcher who holds a PhD from Glasgow School of Art. I interrogate a specific power of family photographs. I hypothesise that family photographs can point beyond themselves, that beyond their visual representational surface they hold silenced, private content that can’t assimilate to official archives. Such content offsets the ideologically determined collective discourse; if excavated act as counter-memory and archive. Through the theoretical and methodological foundations set by Marianne Hirsch, Annette Kuhn and Martha Langford, I devised an excavation strategy. I triangulate between fields of fine art, humanities and social sciences with methodologies of photography theory, archiving, autoethnography, oral history and philosophy.