Although the objects chronicled in the photo series titled Inheritance by Andrea Tese, an American photographer, can't exactly be deemed heirlooms considering their everyday purpose, there is a sentimentality behind each piece that may not have been there while the owner was alive. Belonging to her late grandfather, the suitcases, kitchenware and fishing equipment that he left her all take on new meaning in death.
Currently on display at New York's De Buck Gallery, Inheritance by Andrea Tese revolves around neatly arranged piles in order to capture a poignant portrait of her grandfather through his possessions. She writes, "These photographs function simultaneously as an acknowledgement to the ephemeral nature of life and as an indulgence in man’s unwillingness to give in to this understanding--his desire to arrest time, to counter anonymity, to leave something behind, to be immortal."
Chronicled Heirloom Photography
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