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Christian Fuchs: The Man Who Dresses Up As His Ancestors

Christian Fuchs: The Man Who Dresses Up As His Ancestors

Peruvian artist and photographer Christian Fuchs is obsessed with his illustrious ancestors and spends months painstakingly recreating portraits of them, posing for them himself whether the ancestors were men or women.

So far the artist has dressed up as 11 of his relatives, only to then pose for a portrait just as they had so many years ago.

Having grown up with in the home of his grandparents, Fuchs was surrounded by family portraits.

“As a child I looked at the portraits and played with them,” Fuchs tells BBC in an interview published last week. “If I didn’t know the names of the characters, I invented them. I remember watching them for hours and feeling that they were watching me back. Sometimes I would talk to them, and eventually that led to my reinterpretations of them.”

Christian Fuchs: The Man Who Dresses Up As His AncestorsFuchs's great-great-great-great-grandmother Dona Natividad Martinez de Pinillos Cacho y Lavalle. Her brother-in-law was President of Peru, Luis Jose de Orbegoso
Christian Fuchs: The Man Who Dresses Up As His AncestorsFuchs's great-great-great-grandfather Eulogio Elespuru y Martinez de Pinillos lived in Paris for many years
Christian Fuchs: The Man Who Dresses Up As His AncestorsIt took Fuchs's great-great-grandfather Carl Schilling three months to sail from Germany to Chile. He lived there until his death in 1923 aged 93
Christian Fuchs: The Man Who Dresses Up As His AncestorsFuchs's great-great-great-great-grandfather led a distinguished military career and participated in the Peruvian war of independence
Christian Fuchs: The Man Who Dresses Up As His AncestorsFuchs's great-great-great-great-grandmother, Luise Friederike Charlotte Eleonora Chee, was his first recreation

Christian Fuchs: The Man Who Dresses Up As His Ancestors

Christian Fuchs: The Man Who Dresses Up As His AncestorsFuchs's great-great-great-aunt Benjamina was friends with many famous poets and authors, including novelist and diplomat Alberto Blest Gana

All Images ©Christian Fuchs via BBC

Christian Fuchs: The Man Who Dresses Up As His Ancestors
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