What is a family? A marriage, a home, a father and a mother that pass on their genes and their cultural heritage to one or more children? Yes, of course. However, aside from the traditionalmodel, there are also families formed through adoption, separated families, reconstituted families, enlarged families, families of people living in community, single-parent families, two-father families, two-mother families… What if, beyond heredity, a family is first and foremost the bonds forged between individuals? A network that provides security and comfort, in which love and sharing respond to the essential needs of each member, where no one has to live in exclusion and where, through the transformations life brings and the presence of others, everyone is able to define their own identity?
To dig deeper, visit the virtual exhibition Family Works for insight into the perspectives of students in the visual art and art history departments at Concordia University.