Lawrence Dizon Sumulong is a New York based photographer whose work, In Answer, attempts to express the relationship that he has to the Philippines, his family, and his life stateside after his father’s passing. He writes:
‘At the heart of this ongoing series, I am re-envisioning the changes in my family’s life following my father’s death, the self imposed exile that occurred, and the depression that followed. As a documentarian, I am interested in the diasporic state of the Filipino family unit. However, as a work in progress, this project begins from my personal history and will address the experiences of overseas Filipino workers and their families, eventually.
‘By overlapping images from different times and places, I am not only trying to stay in touch with what I feel I have lost. As I see it, the basis of life for contemporary Filipinos vacillates between ideas of home and abroad, here and elsewhere, exile and return. In building an archive, I am attempting to transmute what has long felt traumatic, to be reborn, and to bridge a gap.’