Carla Williams, Mother & Daughter, 2000, video still, DVD

Carla Williams, “Mother & Daughter”, 2000, video still, DVD

Carla Williams

Like many women, I am the keeper of my family’s photographs. I gather, sort, and make sense of images and history – a family’s stories, memories, and dreams. Using family photos, self-portraits, and portraits I made of my mother, Mother and Daughter, explores the ways in which a mother and daughter each relate to her own body and to each other’s bodies, both through experience and perception. The text derives from a lifetime of conversations and interactions. The gender pronouns “she” and “her” are deliberately used to blur the voices and force the viewer to consider how one’s own assumptions can be based on appearance, age, and more.

Born in Los Angeles, Carla Williams (San Francisco, CA) received her MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and her BA fromPrinceton University. Her work has been shown at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in NYC, Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, California College of the Arts in San Francisco, the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, the Light Factory in Charlotte, and was featured in the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, Reflections in Black: A History Deconstructed. Her work is in numerous collections including those of theUniversity Art Museum at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, the Art Museum at Princeton University, and Light Work. Williams’ work has been published in numerous books including Reframings: New American Feminist Photographers, Temple University Press, and Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present, W.W. Norton. Additionally her work has been reviewed in B&W Magazine, The New Yorker, and Contact Sheet 94. She was a 2005 artist-in-residence with the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, a 2002-03 Rockefeller Fellow at the Humanities Center at StanfordUniversity, and a 1997 artist-in-residence at Light Work.