About

Rachel Hennis’ Unidentified is a personal project discovering her black cultural heritage after her Grandfather left. The artist’s Guyanese and western heritage has framed her life in ways she did not know; the body of work explores this as well as the emotional effect her Grandfather leaving has had on her. As a young woman brought up in South London, the only knowledge Hennis had of her history was learnt from her Grandmother, who had to play the role of both Grandparents. Eustace Bacchus, the photographer’s biological Grandfather, has never been involved in her life. Therefore, Unidentified, is a culmination of the emotional affect her grandfather has left. Through the production of moving image as well as a display image in the style of an unconventional family photo book, the artist has produced an emblematic body of work, which speaks to the basic human desire to know their family heritage.