LaToya Ruby Frazier

LaToya Ruby Frazier‘s The Notion of Family is breath of fresh air in the footsteps of Sultan and DuBois.

The collaboration between my family and myself blurs the line between self-portraiture and social document. Utilizing photography and video to navigate dynamics of the roles we play complicates the usual classifications of functional and dysfunctional families. Our work defines the lines between private and public space, emotion, reality, memory and human complexity.

My work has a deep concern for the mother/ daughter relationship. Relentlessly documenting encounters with Grandma Ruby (b.1925), Mom (b.1959) and myself (b.1982) enables me to break unspoken intergenerational cycles. We are wrestling with internalized life experiences and perceptions of our-selves and familial personas developed by sociopolitical baggage…

© LaToya Ruby Frazier

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