Rebecca Lawson Photography
Graduated from Uof MN with BFA in studio arts(photography) in 1998. showing in galleries since 1996 Mentor for Parts Gallery 2001-2003 teaching photography at several places since 1996, including Minneapolis community education,IFP. photo/video exchange coordinator for Expedition 360 2001 Juror for Dr Edward Koch Foundation, Cairns Australia 2001 Juror for Minneapolis Photographic Society 2003. Showed at the Bridge art fair in Miami in December 2008. Attended PhotoLucida in 2009. Most recently curated her first historic material exhibit at the Mpls Photo Center in July-August 2014 "National Camera: Celebrating 100 years of Cameras".
Rebecca Lawson - Artist Statement “Trip to the Bukovina with Relatives from America & German
This piece is from my series called “Bukovina: Land of the Beech Trees”. My Grandfather was born in Radautz, Romania in the Bukovina (once part Austro-Hungarian where Germans settled after 1700). He was one of 12 children, 3 of them came to America in 1918, and the rest fled Romania for Germany after WWII. My family has remained close all these years even with an ocean between us. As a child I was always curious why we ate different foods than other family’s and spoken German while being from Romania. I began in 2004 documenting our traditions we still have from the Bukovina in our family; for example the Christmas Eve dinner with Borscht and Strudel.
One very special part of recording my family’s history was this trip back to our “real” homeland with 22 relatives from America and Germany in 2004. We boarded a bus with researchers from the “Bukovina Institut” in Augsburg Germany and traveled through Austria and Hungary to Radautz the town we lived in before WWII. Many of the relatives who came with were children when they left and could not remember much. We connected with a few family friends who were allowed to stay during the war and searched for the old houses and graves together.
This instillation of my photographs starts with one of my collage pieces titled “At Home” showing objects in my house growing up that made it different from other homes. It takes you on our journey leaving Germany through Transylvania to our hometown of “Radautz”. It includes photographs of my family, and landscapes and people I met along the way. It ends with another collage, my first one that started this series, called “Grandpa’s Plaid Shirt”.