Follow in the footsteps of Julian Germain’s revolutionary photographic project, GENERATIONS, and tell your own family’s story! GRAIN Projects is delighted to announce the Participation Project, a collection of images that puts participants at the heart of Festival Birmingham 2022. Participate and share what family means to you through photography. Photographs can be downloaded here, while the full gallery of images can be viewed here. Some of the photographs will also be shared on their Twitter account.
A collaboration between GRAIN Projects, Multistory and Festival Birmingham 2022, and supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, GENERATIONS uses the family portrait format to create a compelling celebration of the people of Birmingham and the Black Country. The project includes photos of 30 families, each with their own story and background. It is an exploration of universal human themes and offers an authentic portrait of a diverse region, acting as both an invaluable historical document and a thought-provoking work of art.
Families in Birmingham and the Black Country responded to a call from Birmingham Festival 2022 earlier this year, looking for four- and five-generation families who showcase all the different stages of life: newborns, infants, children, adolescents and their parents. , grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents, many of whom are meeting for the first time since Covid.
Reactions from some of the families seeing themselves on the billboards for the very first time were featured on The One Show on BBC One. Emotional scenes gripped the hearts of the nation as families realized the scale of the stunning images of themselves displayed prominently in their home town as part of the 2022 Birmingham Festival. Julian Germain – also present at the program – reiterated the importance of a project that celebrates diversity and heritage like GENERATIONS, especially in the upcoming Commonwealth Games competition. Now, through the Participation Project, everyone can take part in the project and show how their family has been part of the community that makes Birmingham the vibrant city of today.