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Projects

Finding What's Lost

Finding What's Lost is an in-depth exploration of the connection the African American family has with their ancestry all the way back to Africa. It endeavors to re-engage the Black Community with their lost history and culture by allowing participants to investigate their own preconceptions of their ancestry and to be inspired by the artist's own investigation and journey into her past.


The viewer is asked to confront the question of "where do you come from?" and to determine how that shapes their identity. By the end of the experience, the participant will hopefully have a new desire to uncover their past. This project does not give definitive answers to the question of the artist's ancestry, but it does create discussion around the way we identify ourselves based on location and how knowing our ancestry is a key aspect in understanding who we are.

Finding What's Lost

Andrea Williams
Spring 2020
Video

Finding What's Lost is an in-depth exploration of the connection the African American family has with their ancestry all the way back to Africa. It endeavors to re-engage the Black Community with their lost history and culture by allowing participants to investigate their own preconceptions of their ancestry and to be inspired by the artist's own investigation and journey into her past.


The viewer is asked to confront the question of "where do you come from?" and to determine how that shapes their identity. By the end of the experience, the participant will hopefully have a new desire to uncover their past. This project does not give definitive answers to the question of the artist's ancestry, but it does create discussion around the way we identify ourselves based on location and how knowing our ancestry is a key aspect in understanding who we are.