Cecilia Flumé

There is no place like home - Visualizing heritage, race and class through the personal story of international adoption.



This research project explores how to use illustration and storytelling as a method of communicating norm critical perspectives of image hierarchies and languages. Framed by the graphic novel as a format I am finding ways to work artistically and sensitively through the personal voice as a Korean adoptee and the experience of betweenship as a narrative compass. The project aims to have a strong focus on the craft and readability as well as finding a pedagogical, accessible and open tone where heritage, race and class can be made visible and understood taking advantage of the broad set of languages available in the graphic novel format.

Cecilia Hei Mee Flumé is an artist and illustrator who graduated from the master's programme Visual Communication programme at Konstfack in 2016 and was awarded both the Åke Stavenow Scholarship and the Masonic Scholarship for her project on transnational adoption titled There Is No Place Like Home. With a bachelor's degree in art history from Södertörn University (2012), work experience from the gaming industry and an interest in popular visual culture, Cecilia has formed a storytelling practice that stems from diverse and varying image cultures as a tool for observing, comparing, interpreting, and analysing historical and contemporary issues of identity, class, and betweenship.

Principal supervisor: Sara Teleman
Assistant supervisor: Jyoti Mistry
Admitted to  HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg
Project period: 2020-2024