Today on our Facebook Page I launched 1 of what was going to be 5 photos of Barack Obama. I was fascinated by one image of him that I found online where he was surrounded by his Kenyan family all -5 other brothers and a sister and older women all dressed in African print dresses.
I began to think about his identity -indeed its complexity and how he is (or at least influenced by), in one person, so many different things: African, white, American, International, black, bi-racial, Indonesia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kenya, Chicago, Washington DC, grandparents...
I began to think about the fact that when we look at him we sometimes fail to see how all of these mixed identities come together to form one singular individual. In his face, deep into his eyes, past the surface of his contenance is a complex identity.
Today I created this piece: BARACK OBAMA -AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT
Included in it are (top to bottom, left to right): 1. Obama is seen as a child with his mother Ann Dunham in an undated family snapshot from the 1960s 2. Obama seen with his step-father Lolo Soetoro, his sister Maya Soetoro and his mother Ann Dunham 3. Obama is shown on the beach with his maternal grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham. 4. Obama with his father Barack Obama, Sr. in an undated family snapshot from the 1960s. 5. Obama in 1979 during his high school graduation in Hawaii with his maternal grandparents, Stanley Armour Dunham and his wife Madelyn Payne 6. Obama, back row 2nd from l., poses in a family portrait, which hangs in his family's house in Kogelo, western Kenya. Barack Hussein Obama, father Obama's father, was born and raised in Kogelo.
*Images and accompanying image info originally found in this Daily News Article.