Yolanda Del Amo
The photograph album remains the only place where all these fleeting perfections are saved and juxtaposed, each aspiring to an incomparable absoluteness of its own.
– Italo Calvino, The Adventure of a Photographer
Family albums usually record particular highlights of family history—births, weddings, parties, festival celebrations, holidays—but not feelings of disappointment and frustration, death or divorce, or the everyday banal. My Little One Comes Firstchallenges the conventions of a photo-album and embraces “anti-climatic” moments as part of family history.
The relationship between a grandmother and a granddaughter in Spain during the last decades of the 20th century is the starting point for exploring both the differences and similarities between two generations. Through the use of old and new techniques – old family photographs to a final digital output – this “album” records a conversation between the past and present and ultimately between two girlfriends from two different generations.
Born in Spain, Yolanda Del Amo moved to the US and earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited her work in the US at the Bronx Museum of Art in NYC, ARC Gallery in Chicago, the Cambridge Art Association in Cambridge, the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, Temple Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as abroad in Spain and Argentina. Additionally her work is included in Buenos Aires Vida Cotidiana, a show travelling through South East Asia. Her photographs have been in published and reviewed in the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Providence Journal, in addition to numerous publications abroad. She teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as the International Center of Photography and is currently an artist-in-residence with the Terra Foundation for American Art in Giverny, France.