Join scientist Dr. Sandra Romero-Hidalgo, performance artist Raquel André and National Arts Partnership Manager at the Wellcome Trust, David Cahill Roots as they discuss making Belongingness – a global conversation about how we identify with each other and what they might tell us about ourselves. Putting themselves under the microscope, Raquel and Sandra used their genetic ancestry test results to explore what it might mean to belong.
Belongingness is a global conversation about how we identify with each other and what that might tell us about ourselves. In very recent years, we have found ourselves renegotiating our relationship with our national identity, heritage, physical surroundings, and our neighbours, due to mass displacement caused by changing political systems, climate change, and a global pandemic.
A dramatic rise in the popularity of genetic ancestry tests demonstrates our human desire to know where do we come from and to feel connected to one another. But what are we looking to find? And what do individuals and organisations do with this information?
Putting themselves under the microscope, performance artist Raquel André and genetic scientist Dr. Sandra Romero-Hidalgo used their genetic ancestry test results to explore what it might mean to belong. Making contact with their 3,000+ newly-identified global relatives, Raquel and Sandra held a series of conversations to learn about why participants are taking genetic tests and together, understand the complex interconnections that define their identities.