Matthew Avignone

Avignone

For many, hearing the word "family" brings other words to mind; mom, dad, brothers, sisters, love and birth. But what if you were flown into your mother and father's arms not by a stork but by a Boeing 747? My siblings and I were all adopted across the Pacific from the countries India and South Korea. We came from foster mothers and lonely orphanages to parents and a little home in Illinois, some of us healthy and some with life-inhibiting special needs ranging from neurofibromatosis to spina bifida. For the past two years I have been returning home from my absence at school to turn my camera inward on my siblings and parents, swapping the roles traditionally held by the heads of the household. As a son I am interested in documenting our lives from the significant, such as first birth, to the banality of my brother after his shower. For at one time we might have all been strangers, but with time, love and perseverance we are fortunate to call ourselves a family as one.

All images are available as 11 x 14" and 20 x 24" or 12 x 12" and 24 x 24" pigment prints made in editions of 15 and 7, respectively, for $450 (small) and $900 (large).

 

Please call: (312) 266 - 2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

 
 
 
 

Matthew Avignone
Alicia On Her Way to Dustin’s , 2010
Matthew Avignone
Dad and the Boys, 2010
Matthew Avignone
Dining Out , 2010
Matthew Avignone
Dining Out , 2010
Matthew Avignone
Initial Social History 1988 and Self-Portrait , 2010
Matthew Avignone
Jami in Her Bedroom, 2011
Matthew Avignone
Mom, Aldi $67.58, 2010
Matthew Avignone
My Arrival Day, May 6th 1988, 2010
Matthew Avignone
Nick After Shower , 2010
Matthew Avignone
Our Passports 1988-2003, 2010