19 imagesIt might feel intimidating at first, but there’s nothing more wonderful than the community feel of a big Mexican family. I was lucky enough to being married into such a family, one that, as most Mexican families, has a strong foundation in unity. Religious ceremonies, a shared meal, hosting parties at their homes and making visitors feel comfortable is a large part of their values and customs. Their story is a story of joy and grief, faith and traditions, and care and concern in a world that lacks perspective for young people. Generations of families typically live in the same neighborhood or in the same house, with children guaranteeing social security once their parents retire, which reflects the dedication to supporting family members and displaying loyalty. Family ties are strong in Mexican culture and have been for centuries. With modern times, change comes, but Mexican families will always be rooted in tradition. (Ongoing Personal Long Term Project started in 2014)
15 imagesIntertwined testimonies of everyday life of newcomers to Germany from arab speaking & african countries after the so-called refugee crisis in 2015 and its long-time residends.
28 imagesA personal photo series tracing my own family roots back to ottoman Syria and communist Czechoslovakia through peronist and dictatorial Argentina, intertwined with images I took myself of my family and second home in Italy (after Germany) at the turn of the century (XXI). All images by grandfather Joschko and me, unless otherwise stated.